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Get Healthy, Rotherham

There is just one Get Healthy Rotherham quit smoking service to assist 39,487 smokers in their journey to quit smoking, says online retailer Vapekit

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There is just one Get Healthy Rotherham quit smoking service to assist 39,487 smokers in their journey to quit smoking, says online retailer Vapekit. Its survey finds that Northern parts of England are among the worst places in the UK for smokers to get dedicated local quitting support.

Vapekit’s survey “The Best and Worst Places in England to Stop Smoking” has discovered that that nearly half a million adult smokers in England have no access to local stop smoking support at all.

Rotherham, one of the worst places, has just one service to cater to almost forty thousand smokers.

The negative coverage of the news has rocked the local council and the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Rotherham’s Director for Public Health said: “Throughout the year, the council engages with residents to promote healthier lifestyles and offers advice on how to quit smoking through accessing services available. We have seen, over the last few years, a fantastic result in the number of pregnant mothers stopping smoking thanks to the hard work from Rotherham Hospital’s maternity services.

“It is important to understand that, for many people who are looking to quit smoking, it is a very personal journey so some may make use of quitting using over the counter nicotine products and vapes, while others are successful with on-line support such as the NHS Quit Smoking app.”

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said it was fully committed to helping smokers quit and said its Healthy Hospitals Team has recently added outpatients to its potential client list.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told the Rotherham Advertiser that, “tackling smoking was a key part of the government’s levelling-up agenda. This is why we launched the independent review of our bold ambition to make England smoke-free by 2030.”

Action on Smoking and Health spokesperson Hazel Cheeseman told the newspaper that, “local councils must seize the initiative and create plans for their communities that account for the tremendous burden caused by smoking”.

Vapekit’s comprehensive study revealed the English cities with the highest number of adult smokers had some of the lowest levels of dedicated local stop smoking support.

A spokesperson for Vapekit said: “Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of death in the UK, leading to the loss of around 78,000 people each year. It costs the NHS £3.6 billion in medical and social care, compared to £17 billion for society – £5 billion higher than previously estimated – as people who succumb to smoking-related diseases like cancer can no longer work.”


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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