South Yorkshire is taking the first step towards being smokefree

South Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust has signed a smoke-free pledge to ‘end smoking by 2030’ and create a healthy environment. 

The pledge, developed by the Smokefree Action Coalition , consists of over 300 organisations across the UK committed to ‘make smoking history for our children’. 

Trust chair Angela Monaghan said: “We are delighted to support this pledge as we head towards England’s first smoke-free generation. Smoking has a huge impact on health and NHS resources and we want to commit to reducing this burden. Having already helped thousands of people quit smoking through Yorkshire Smokefree, signing the pledge further demonstrates our commitment.”

Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disease killing 79,000 people every year. According to the Department of Health,  the estimated costs of smoking to the NHS in England is £2.5 billion every year. 

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield, said: “Tobacco kills around 16 people in Sheffield every week and every one of those people has loved ones, family, friends or colleagues who care about them. We want smokers to think about that when they go for their next fag break, about the people left behind and the impact it has on all their lives.”

He continues, “Tobacco is a multi-billion pound industry, it doesn’t care about smokers or their families, it just destroys lives. We’ve made positive strides towards reducing the number of people smoking in Sheffield, but we have more to do and we are working hard with partners to support people in Sheffield to quit because we do care.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are also among other hospitals in South West Yorkshire who are completely smoke free. 

Services such as Yorkshire Smokefree Service and free helpline  Smokefree Sheffield are available for people battling nicotine addiction offering a range of resources as well as mental support.

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Written by Weronika Wawrzuta

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