Thousands of smokers across Warwickshire are being called on to quit smoking so they can start improving their heart health on World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of the important link between tobacco and heart disease.
Despite the well-publicised dangers of tobacco, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease is low*.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.*
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke
Dr Deryth Stevens, Chair of NHS Warwickshire North CCG, said:
“World Tobacco Day is a great opportunity for smokers to make the pledge to give up cigarettes and to get help, support and expert advice to improve their heart health. One of the most important things you can do to keep your heart healthy — and to keep it beating for as long as possible — is to avoid or quit smoking. Even if you've smoked for 40 years, you'll start to notice the benefits soon after quitting.
“Giving up smoking is difficult, but every year thousands of people make the decision to quit so they can lead healthier lives. If you want to talk to someone about giving up smoking, please ask your nurse or doctor. You can also call our smoking cessation services yourself. Studies show that you are four times more likely to quit with NHS help.”
Visit Quit for Good https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk/ for further information and local support.
For more information about World No Tobacco Day visit http://bit.ly/2wxvQNZ