Doncaster smoking rates spark warning

Doncaster's rate of smoking is above the national average
Doncaster's rate of smoking is above the national average

Bosses at a heart charity have warned of their concern over levels of smoking among people in Doncaster.

The British Heart Foundation’s latest figures show that 21 per cent of adults in Doncaster smoke compared to the national average of 18 per cent.

Now the organisation is urging people to join groups and use what help in available to help them quit.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF said: “Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers.

“Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health and the risk to your overall health decreases significantly soon after you stop.

“We’re encouraging smokers to visit their GP, pharmacist or local stop smoking advisor to receive resources, information, and advice on quitting smoking.”

He warned smoking affected others through passive smoking which was a cause of short and long-term illness in others and wass particularly harmful to children.

Yorkshire Smokefree has a stop smoking shop at 40 Scot Lane, in Doncaster town centre.

Coun Tony Corden, Doncaster Council cabinet member, said: “We know the idea of giving up smoking can be daunting, but the Yorkshire Smokefree service can help. People can get advice all year round over the phone, online or in person, whatever they feel more comfortable with.

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