Encourage others to kick the habit
The UK was united in calling everyone to give up
smoking last week for national No Smoking Day. Social media
was busy with smoking facts and retweets encouraging people to
think more about the damage smoking has on their health.
The Christie is a non smoking site and houses some
incredible smoking cessation experts, all on hand to help patients
and their families quit. Peter Mackereth and his team
from the rehabilitation unit amaze me with their expertise and
guidance they give to both staff and patients.
As part of our efforts to help encourage people to give up,
earlier this month we created a new partnership with Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Stop Smoking Manchester, to
encourage people to have smoke free lives and homes.
Last week, we officially launched the partnership with a
successful event at Withington fire station, in which members of
the public were treated to massages, free cups of tea and some
professional advice. There will be more events like this in
the coming year, so keep an eye on our website for more
If you would like to give up smoking or have a friend or loved
one that needs some help in doing so, there is plenty of support
out there for you, both at The Christie - and beyond in Greater
Manchester and the UK.
Please help us help others to stop smoking.
There is an evident, proven connection between some
cancers and smoking, and another frightening connection with house
fires. The below facts show just how damaging this habit can
- A cigarette contains more than 4000
- If you give up smoking for 10 years, your risk of a
heart attack falls to about the same as non smoker
- In the UK, smoking kills five times more people than road
accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV all put together
- Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
were called out to 731 fires in 2010 and 2011 that started as a
result of smoking
The smoking cessation team here at The Christie provides
advice, nicotine replacement support and complementary therapies,
such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture to help people achieve their
goal of being smoke free.
Our smoking cessation service is available to patients and
their families. For further information contact: Peter
Mackereth or Paula Maycock 0161 446 8236 or 918 7175.
For further support to quit smoking contact Manchester
Stop Smoking Service on 0161 205 5998 or visit
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