Figures have revealed that the top five locations in Yorkshire and the Humber with the highest success rates for quitting smoking are all areas supported by the Trust’s Yorkshire Smokefree service.
Statistics from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities showed that Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Wakefield and Sheffield had the highest rate of people successfully kicking the habit after four weeks. In all these areas, the stop smoking service is provided by Yorkshire Smokefree.
Yorkshire Smokefree’s friendly and flexible service has helped thousands of people across the region to quit smoking through their offer of tailored support, which includes telephone, online and face to face help.
Denise Donnelly, community services manager at the Trust, said: “Smokers who use a specialist stop smoking service are three times more likely to succeed than if they try to quit alone. This data proves how effective Yorkshire Smokefree’s excellent service is. By working closely with our partners in each of these areas we have been able to offer tailored, person-centred support which works for each individual and guides them into a healthier life, free from cigarettes.”
Anna Hartley, director of Public Health at Wakefield Council, said: “This is fantastic news for local people, who have shown how much they can achieve, with the right support in place. Smoking causes so many different problems for our health and wellbeing, the impacts on different people and communities are huge. This is really important progress in our work to improve health and wellbeing for all our communities, across Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership.”
To find out more about Yorkshire Smokefree, visit www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166.