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Suffolk: Valentines Day call for smokers to quit

PUBLISHED: 10:21 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:07 13 February 2014

Live Well Suffolk sends out Valentines Day-themed stop smoking message.

Live Well Suffolk sends out Valentines Day-themed stop smoking message.

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Health officials in Ipswich are today calling on smokers to kick the habit ‘for their loved ones’ in a new Valentines Day-themed message.

Live Well Suffolk has sent out its call as new figures released by the Department of Health have shown that more than three quarters of 18-24-year-olds said they thought smoking made people less attractive.

Bosses at the charity have also spoken of their concern of the potential impact the habit will have on smokers’ families, with 9,500 children being admitted to hospital every year with illnesses caused by second-hand smoke.

Steven Lee-Foster, Director of Live Well Suffolk, said: “Many smokers don’t realise the impact their habit has on their loved ones.

“Second-hand smoke can contain up to 4,000 harmful chemicals which may increase their partners’ risk of developing cancer and heart disease.

“Passive smoking can also increase the risk of asthma and cot death in children.

“As part of our latest stop smoking campaign, we have been working with over 100 pharmacies and most GP surgeries across the county to provide fully-trained stop smoking advisors.

“It’s now easier than ever for smokers to access free, honest and practical one-to-one advice about their best quitting options.”

Live Well Suffolk runs group therapy and one-to-one session to support pregnant mums who smoke while clinics are also run by trained advisors.

For more information, or to get support, visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk or call 01473 229292.

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