We are calling on all smokers to get in touch and make National No Smoking day on 8th March the day to push a further pledge to quit for good. It’s never too late to stop smoking, no matter how long you have smoked. The single best thing a smoker can do to improve their health is to stop smoking.
Barnsley hospital’s quit smoking service provides offers free stop smoking medication, advice and support for both staff and all patients admitted to the hospital and across the region. Our local partners, Yorkshire Smokefree Barnsley, give ongoing support after discharge as well as free help for any residents of Barnsley who want to stop smoking.
As well as causing 16 types of cancer, heart disease, COPD and stroke, if you smoke you are more likely to get dementia. Every cigarette contains harmful chemicals which are bad for your heart and brain. Quitting smoking protects your brain health and reduces your chances of dementia.
Recent NHS data shows Barnsley’s local stop smoking services have one of the highest success rates nationwide when supporting people to quit.
From April 2021 to March 2022, 72 per cent of smokers who had support from NHS Yorkshire Smokefree Barnsley reported they had not smoked at their 4-week follow-up call
This success rate is top across Yorkshire and the Humber for local stop smoking services and well above national (55 per cent) and regional (63 per cent) averages.
Getting support really boosts your chances of quitting – you’re up to three times as likely to succeed. It will also help save money: On average smokers spend £47 a week on tobacco, that’s nearly £2,500 a year to spend on other things once you quit.