Assembly Aim to Stub out Smoking; Government Funds to Help People Quit Habit

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), December 6, 2003 | Go to article overview

Assembly Aim to Stub out Smoking; Government Funds to Help People Quit Habit


Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS

SMOKING is the major preventable cause of illness and premature death in Wales, health minister Jane Hutt said yesterday.

Stopping smoking led to numerous health improvements. It significantly reduced the risk of illness and death from coronary heart disease and cancer.

It could also contribute to the reduction in health inequalities and to a drop in infant mortality.

One hundred ``smoking cessation'' specialists from across Wales met in Cardiff to discuss the next steps in the battle against ``the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death''.

They discussed the importance of stopping smoking to improving health and well-being, the impact of antismoking advertising and the smokers helpline,A new resource for GPs to help them help their patients give up smoking,and the evaluation of anti-smoking services and the lessons learnt.

The new all-Wales smoking cessation service is run by the National Public Health Service.

Jane Hutt said: ``Smoking cessation is a priority for the Welsh Assembly Government and it receives considerable support through the Welsh Assembly Governments Tobacco Programme. …

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