National Smile Month 2018 runs from 14th May to 14th June 2018, and aims to encourage everyone to look after their oral hygiene. Smoking can dull your smile, so quit today and get your twinkle back.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 runs from 14th to 20th May, with this year’s main focus being stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
NICE and Public Health England have published updated guidelines for health practitioners and stop smoking services on the best ways to help people quit smoking.
Smokers across Yorkshire are being urged to quit with the help of e-cigarettes as part of a campaign announced by Yorkshire Cancer Research on Wednesday, March 14.
The annual report published by NHS Digital presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2017 to September 2017. Included within this report are the local areas covered by Yorkshire Smokefree and we are delighted to reveal the results.
The Yorkshire Smokefree Team enjoys celebrating success, so we are delighted to announce that our Calderdale Stop Smoking Specialist, Susan Jones, has recently achieved ASIST master trainer status.
We'd like to congratulate Geoff on his successful quit and thank him for sharing his story so openly.
Action on Smoking and Health has strongly welcomed a new report on e-cigarettes, produced by independent experts for Public Health England.  The report updates the evidence on e-cigarette use among adults and young people; their effectiveness as an aid to quitting by smokers; the risks to health compared to smoking and public understanding of those risks. PHE goes on to urge smokers and public bodies to act on the evidence.
A new PHE e-cigarette evidence review, undertaken by leading independent tobacco experts, provides an update on PHE’s 2015 review. The report covers e-cigarette use among young people and adults, public attitudes, the impact on quitting smoking, an update on risks to health and the role of nicotine. It also reviews heated tobacco products.
For the past three weeks, we have discovered the severe effects smoking has on your body and described just how dangerous the poisons from cigarette smoke are on your health. Here's week 4's instalment.
The Smokefree Health Harms campaign – how are cigarettes affecting you? We’re into our third week of information about the harsh effects of smoking on your body. Each week, we’re exploring how different areas of your body change and are attacked by the chemicals and toxic poisons from cigarette smoke. The Smokefree Health Harms campaign is raising awareness of the effects of smoking through TV ads and information on their website.
The Smokefree Health Harms campaign is back for its sixth year and we’re doing our bit to raise awareness by investigating the effects of smoking in different parts of the body. Each week for 4 weeks we’ll cover different areas of the body and how smoking can have a dramatic impact on these parts. This week – the Heart and Lungs, and how quitting can reduce the risk of heart attack and lung cancer.
For 4 weeks, we’ll be investigating the effects of smoking in different parts of the body. Each week, we’ll go into detail about certain areas, and how you really will benefit from kicking the habit. This week – Circulation and the Brain, and how quitting those cigarettes will reduce the chances of having a stroke.
The best way to succeed on your smoke free journey is to be prepared. The more you know about what to expect, the more you can plan ways to beat cravings once and for all. We have asked our smoke free advisors advice about the most common withdrawal symptoms and how to beat those pesky side effects once and for all!
Stoptober has ended, but it doesn't mean that a smoke free lifestyle hasn't! Flavia has successfully stopped smoking and has been completely free of cigarettes for a month! Take a look at our website here.
Are you following Flavia's smokefree journey? In this article, she attempts to find new ways of cutting down on her E-Cig which works best around her habits and daily routine! Are you wanting to become completely smokefree from the cigs and E-Cigs?
Want to know what experts from various industry think about smoking? Take a look at our article, where we'll be having an in-depth look into surprising ways smoking damages your health. From opticians talking everything about eye health, to doctors and mental wellbeing. This is a great article to read when you need advice about the extent of the dangers smoking can really do from true, reliable sources.
We love to celebrate success and hard work, which is why for Stoptober, our team have visited a range of venues to see our trained advisors and present them with certificates for their work which has exceeded expectations!
This Stoptober Public Health England is encouraging local stop smoking services to work with specialist e-cigarette retailers to join the most effective quitting method with the most popular to maximise smokers chances of success.
Want to know the myths around smoking? Our team at Yorkshire Smokefree have gone undercover to find out the truths around stopping smoking whilst giving you helpful tips to overcome any struggles, so that you can embrace your journey to better health confidently and most importantly, successfully!
Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale joined up with Illingworth ARFL in order to support and highlight the Stoptober 2017 national campaign. With the success of last year’s partnership highlighting the Breathe 2025 campaign the aim was to continue to educate young people on the dangers of smoking.
Did you know that smokers are 33% more likely to miss work than non-smokers? They also take more breaks and are absent for more days than their smoke-free colleagues. Yorkshire Smokefree, run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, can help you break the habit so that you’re well at work. They’ve got a range of support on offer meaning you’ll find a way to quit that works for you. So don’t give up the day job – give up smoking instead, just like Declan did.
It is week two of Stoptober and, although I have been trying my best, things haven’t been going so smoothly. But I'm not the bearer of only bad news: I haven’t had one single cigarette since October started (Yay me!) and I am quite pleased about this. The e-cigarette, on the other hand, is another story; it has been quite hard to resist the urge to vape.
Three days of Stoptober have passed, and here I am, to update you guys on my progress. I would like to have marvellous news, but that is not exactly the case. I've had a problem early on in my journey - my relationship with the mouth spray hasn’t got off on the right foot.
Flavia recently contacted our Wakefield stop smoking service because she wants to quit both tobacco and nicotine this Stoptober. She has offered to chart her journey in a series of blog posts, and this is the beginning of her journey, Day 1 – The Appointment.
October, or Stoptober as it's now famous for, is a fantastic month to stop smoking. Flavia contacted our Wakefield service and expressed how much she wanted to quit both tobacco and ecigs and has offered to chart her journey in a series of blog posts. Join her on her journey and if you think you'd like to quit too make sure you get in touch.
In a modern age where people spend every waking minute of their lives glued to a screen, it’s no wonder the healthcare industry is turning to digital marketing to promote quit smoking initiatives. Here's a rundown of the most popular digital apps currently on the market for smokers looking to give up, for good!
With Stoptober approaching, make sure you’re educated on the facts so you can make an informed decision to stop smoking. Smoking not only affects your health, it can affect people around you, whether it be friends, family, pets or co-workers. Read this article so you know exactly what you are doing to the people around you.
Do you know how your smoking impacts your kids? Not only can second-hand smoke cause numerous health problems in infants and children, such as severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and more, there are other severe issues too which you may have not even been aware of. With STOPTOBER just one month away, Danielle wrote to us at Yorkshire Smokefree to share her story growing up with her mum who smoked. This beautiful short poem really shows just how much kids can suffer as a result of a family member smoking.
CALLING ALL TEENAGE SMOKERS, WE'RE HERE TO HELP! About 90% of all smokers started as teen smokers, and we understand why. The peer pressure and desire to fit in during these tough years can take over, whether you tried it once or multiple times, most teenagers try cigarettes. Although you think ‘one cigarette can’t hurt’, teenagers become addicted faster and on lower levels of nicotine than adults. So, whether you want to smoke to fit in with friends or smoke because you believe it ‘helps with stress’- it is worth being known as ‘a smoker’?
Support for smokefree places in Yorkshire and the Humber is stronger than ever, ten years after the introduction of the smoking ban. 83% of people in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017 support smokefree legislation. This is up from 80% in 2007, when smokefree laws came into place across England.
Will you be observing Ramadan this year? Did you know that smoking during fasting hours is forbidden? Ramadan offers you a great opportunity to make some healthy changes, and this includes stopping smoking. But instead of avoiding cigarettes only through fasting hours why not try to kick the habit for good?
Triggers are the specific people, places, emotions, activities, and occasions that make you feel like smoking. It’s important to know your smoking triggers so you’ll be able to anticipate when you may have a craving and learn how to deal with them.
There are so many methods when it comes to stopping smoking that all offer the same thing; that you'll quit for good. But with all these promises, you may find that you don’t know where to even start. Sound a little too familiar? Then have a look at our article all about the reasons why services like Yorkshire Smoke free are proven to help you ditch the cigs once and for all to achieve a fresh start.
SMOKERS IN Yorkshire are being targeted by a new campaign to highlight the effectiveness of local Stop Smoking Services. Cancer Research UK has launched an advertising campaign, aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging people to get help from their local Stop Smoking Service, which give smokers the best chance of giving up for good.
Although going smoke free may seem impossible, it’s all about mind over matter. Find the strength in yourself, it’s in their somewhere! Our advice is to be as kind as you can to yourself and don’t be too hard on yourself if you hit a bump along the way- it happens! What’s more important, is focusing on how to keep going! With the start of the new month, the team at Yorkshire Smoke-free thought we would share some great quotes to help those considering stopping or are already on their journey to kick-start this month with a positive, can do attitude!
Tried and tested tips from ex- smokers who have decided to ditch the cigs and start their smoke free journey. These methods are what worked for them and are sure to help you when you consider or start to be smoke free.
A new initiative from Sheffield City Council to encourage Sheffield people to quit smoking features men who work in manual jobs dancing to ‘You Can Leave Your Patch On’, a cover of Tom Jones’ classic hit and is an ode to The Full Monty.
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to stop smoking. Robert doesn’t just want to quit - he NEEDS to quit. After a recent stroke Robert decided to write an open letter to anyone considering smoking. It’s a powerful read that shows the all-to-real dangers of smoking. We wish Robert well on his quit journey and our advisors are continuing to support him every step of the way. Here’s Robert’s story:
Do you remember our quit blogger Lisa? Lisa is now 4 months smoke-free (huge pat on the back, Lisa) so we thought we would ask her to share her top stop-smoking tips with you to help you through Stoptober. Here's what she had to say...
As we head towards October it doesn’t just mark the start of autumn…it can also mark the start of a positive change in your life! Our aim is to encourage as many smokers as possible in Yorkshire to join our ever-growing club of Quitters. So get ready to say hello to a healthier you by taking up the Stoptober challenge this year.
Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale supported and promoted the Breathe 2025 campaign Sunday the 18th of September at Illingworth Sports and Social Club. The event was organised to run alongside the Illingworth and Greetland under 7’s Rugby league fixture.
Hey! Hello there, remember me? In case you have forgotten, I started my stop smoking journey with you on the 1st June and shared a month long blog, from pity – grumpy – happy – delirious and everything in between.
We have a network of stop smoking advisors throughout Yorkshire, who have helped thousands of people to stop smoking. This month we chatted to Andrea, one of our Wakefield advisors. Here's what she had to say about the service...
I appreciate I’ve already had a very important celebration this week with passing beyond my 22nd non-smoking day!! Today however is genuinely my real birthday. It just goes to show that at 40 (cough cough) it’s never too late to change habits and the way that we live if we really want to!!
Hey, I’ve had a day that’s not brought me to my knees! At this rate of eating though, sheer amount of excess weight gain may – I’m already thinking last week’s target to not put on any weight this week may be a tad ambitious and I’m working out which of my clothes have a little bit more give and lycra material than others!
This next week is going to be a different for me at work, and I’m spending days out doing some roadshows…so I thought it may be interesting to get someone else to do as quick blog about my journey, rather than me!! Today I would like to introduce Danni, the guest blogger.
Monday! Honestly this was much better than last Monday – the difference between my routine at home and at work are drastically different to how I feel able to cope with my cravings. I was determined though that I wasn’t going to go back to the horrors of last week with the moods, lack of patience, physical twitchiness and all round weird person behaviour.
Clearly Monday was a struggle and Tuesday/Wednesday I have kept myself as utterly busy as possible both at work and at home to take my mind off the ever increasing number of non-smoking hours. For anyone who has joined me on this adventure – we have gone in excess of 100 hours smoke free, well done us!!
Day 4 and 5… or most popularly known as Saturday and Sunday – the WEEKEND!! I made it!!
Day 202… sorry I mean day two! Wow what a rough day. I was so agitated at work today, all day. I did apologise in advance to those around me and to be fair my outbursts of loud and bad language weren't that bad. This is how non–smokers always do it I said to myself, going from one meeting to another, to a piece of work, to another and without a break, without a cigarette. How do you give yourself time, ten minutes to just stop and relax and clam down and think? I feel like I can’t stop and give myself ten minutes without a cigarette?
Lisa Swainston is Stronger Communities Wellbeing Manager at Doncaster Council and has been a smoker for over 20 years.
Hi I am Lisa and I’m a 40 (something) year old mother, daughter, niece, sister, partner, friend, worker….and smoker. I have been smoking now for over 20 years. Crazy as it may seem to non-smokers, I started smoking in my 20’s to avoid having to answer the office phones whilst everyone else was out having a cig break!!! Most smokers will no doubt understand how that started a twenty year habit – and one that I am now determined to break!
The 31st May 2016 was not only World No Tobacco Day, it also marked the day that Lisa decided to go smoke-free for good. In her latest blog post she shares her first experiences of the telephone support service she received from Yorkshire Smokefree.
Ryan Allison and Sarah Williams from Parkwood Academy and Ben Charlesworth, Elijah Buckle and James Finn from Yewlands Academy in Sheffield are celebrating after being revealed as winners of a short film competition themed around the dangers of smoking. As part of the competition, developed by the Youthlight campaigning group, young people across South Yorkshire were challenged to produce a creative 15-second clip to encourage smokers to quit and prevent young people from taking up the habit.
Yorkshire Smokefree Kirkless deliver taster sessions in Mindfulness.
Join thousands quitting in Yorkshire with Stoptober
Quitting smoking is a very difficult task, and we know how hard you’ve all been working at becoming smoke-free… So we’ve teamed up with our partners Huddersfield Town and have decided to treat 2 lucky quitters to a pair of tickets to the Huddersfield Town home game against Nottingham Forest on the 24th September!
We’re at Calderdale Royal Hospital today in Halifax promoting Stoptober and all things smoke-free.
Have you heard the latest news? Our Go smoke-free! The stress less way course is back!
Are you wanting to kick the habit for good and finally be able to call yourself a non-smoker? Maybe you need some encouraging support when it comes to cravings, or would like to know a little bit more about your health?
We’ve had a wonderful response today at our latest health promotion - with over 20 referrals to our stop smoking service in Doncaster!
We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Huddersfield Town Football Club! .
“I am sure that it has worked for me this time due to seeing it in writing online, signing into the online tool several times a day to tick the non-smoker box…”
Calderdale’s Wednesday group at Beechwood this week have not smoked 3570 cigarettes since they have quit.