Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of premature death and avoidable illness. It affects health directly and contributes to diseases such as cancers, coronary heart disease, lung disease and stroke as well as many others.
22% of the population of Northern Ireland are smokers, with smoking causing 2300 deaths each year in Northern Ireland and 120,000 deaths UK wide. Approximately half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their habit as each cigarette shortens the lifespan by five minutes, which on average shortens the smoker’s life by 10-15 years.
Smoking 20 cigarettes a day costs £3,102.50 (figures based on a smoker paying £8.50 per packet). 70% of smokers want to give it up but find it extremely difficult because of their addiction to tobacco.
The Northern Trust will become a complete smoke-free zone from 9 March 2016. This means that from this date forward smoking or using e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds (ie entrances, doorways, cars, car parks). The introduction of the new Smoke free policy which was announced by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety last year is in keeping with the health and social care trusts demonstrating leadership in terms of public health issues such as smoking. The policy applies to all staff, patients, visitors or anyone who enters our facilities or grounds.
We are delighted that the Smoke free policy has received widespread support to make this happen to ensure a healthier and more pleasant experience for everyone.
Pharmacy Stop Smoking providers
Alternatively you can contact:
Trust Smoking Cessation Nurse on 028 2563 5575 or
Causeway area: 078 2733 4605
For further advice and information please visit www.want2stop.info
Page last updated:14 October 2016