The board has exceeded its target for helping smokers in the most deprived areas to kick the habit.
New figures just released about smokers in the 40% most deprived areas within Greater Glasgow and Clyde show that a total of 2,015* quit successfully between April 2017 and March 2108 – exceeding the Scottish Government target of 2,005 quits.
Whilst the number of people using the stop smoking services has stayed relatively stable, more people actually managed to stop smoking at one and three months, thanks to the support by the expert dedicated teams who deliver Quit your way services.
Our Director of Public Health Linda de Caestecker said: “I am delighted with these new figures – each one of these 2,015 quits is an individual success story and a new chapter in that person’s life, with immediate improvements to their health.
“Every year, around 10,000 people use our Quit Your Way services in a bid to kick their smoking habit – enough to fill Hampden stadium.
“Our Quit Your Way services are helping to drive down smoking rates. Our Services provide vital life-saving services for smokers addicted to tobacco and offer the best way of helping people to stop smoking and to stay smoke-free. The service is called Quit Your Way as it takes into account individual circumstances and the treatments that people feel suit them best.”
Despite the continuing drop in smoking rates, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland. Our Quit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so. Half of smokers want to quit for good, while a third of deaths amongst those aged 35 to 69 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are caused by smoking.
Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million every year to treat smoking-related illnesses.
Dr de Caestecker added: “We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but we offer world class stop smoking services in a wide range of areas including community venues, in all pharmacies, in our acute, maternity and mental health hospitals.
“Anyone looking for help to give up smoking can access a wide variety of services to suit their needs by visiting the Quit Your Way section of the NHSGGC website: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/smokefree/quit-your-way/quit-your-way-support/. Good luck!”
*While these figures have been verified by NHSGGC they still await verification from ISD Scotland.