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Musgrove Park Hospital signs up to support the national Stoptober campaign: Less smoking more joking - 29 September 2014

Musgrove Park Hospital signs up to support the national Stoptober campaign: Less smoking more joking - 29 September 2014

Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital is supporting tobacco users across Somerset to give up smoking this October as part of the national campaign ‘Stoptober’.

Stoptober is a 28 day stop smoking initiative launched by Public Health England, and is being backed by top British comedians, to help thousands of people quit smoking by signing up to the challenge.

Paddy McGuiness, Al Murray and Simon Brodkin are some of the comedians joining the campaign to encourage people to sign up for 28 cigarette free days in October.

Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, then they are five times more likely to remain smoke free permanently.

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, said: “The campaign’s theme this year is comedy but sadly lung cancer is no laughing matter and it remains the UK’s biggest cancer killer. The good news is that the survival rate is at the highest ever level and the smoking prevalence rate is lower than ever before. But we need to continue with the battle and that’s why this campaign is so important.”

“We support our patients when in hospital to achieve smoking cessation by offering Nicotine Replacement Therapies (including patches) and a referral to the Smoke Free Specialist, By giving our support to Stoptober we want to be able to support even more people coming to Musgrove to give up for 28 days, and then hopefully permanently.” explains Lucy Rexworthy, a Smoke Free Lead for the hospital.

Over 570,000 people have died in England in the last eight years from a smoking related conditions – that is 195 people each day. However if a person successfully quits smoking, the health benefits begin straight away. Within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal, after one year the risk of dying from heart disease is reduced by half, within two years the risk of stroke is reduced to half and within five years it will be the same as a non-smoker, within 10 years your risk of developing lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker, and finally after stopping for 15 years your risk of heart disease is similar to that of someone who has never smoked.

Musgrove Park Hospital is proud to be a Smoke Free site, and will be supporting the campaign by encouraging staff and visitors to take part in Stoptober.

For anyone who would like help or are ready to stop smoking, they can go along to a drop in clinic, which are run by Smoke Free Somerset NHS in the Old X-Ray department, room 005, every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm.