Stopping smoking | HSC Public Health Agency

Stopping smoking |  HSC Public Health Agency

Smoking is the single largest avoidable cause of death in the world today. More than one billion smokers worldwide – that is one quarter of all adults – and up to half of people who smoke.

In Northern Ireland, there are about 34 million people aged 16 and over. Smoking contributes not only to many cancers, heart diseases, bronchitis and asthma, but also to other diseases, including stroke, which causes about 2,400 deaths each year. avoidable of them.

Cigarette smoking is also recognized as a major cause of health inequalities among socioeconomic and socioeconomic groups, and the agency estimated health-care inequalities accounted for around 50%. One million days of workers every year in Northern Ireland are lost due to smoking.

But in the good news there is a risk of a serious illness that begins to flow as soon as you stop smoking. Breathing becomes easier and better as lung function increases, and within one year the risk of a heart attack is halved.

The cost of a smoker is clear, with a 20-day habit of about £2,000 a year. Smokers in Northern Ireland on average spend 15% of their income on fashion, and for smokers who are in lower socioeconomic groups, this equates to a much higher proportion.

Smoking during pregnancy is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes. Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to have an abortion, have an ectopic pregnancy, or have a miscarriage, and more likely to have a baby with a severe pregnancy.

Moreover, children born to smokers suffer from more severe conditions such as asthma and ear, nose and throat problems, including ear gluten.

Psychological problems such as attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, and disruptive and negative behavior are also more common among children of smokers. More than one quarter of cases of sudden infant death, or cot death, were attributed to exposure to cigarette smoke.


Much has resulted in the death toll and smoking cessation. The first Smoking (Northern Ireland) Classic 2006 came into operation on 30 April 2007, introducing measures to protect the public and police from exposure to second hand smoke. This has been a major step in helping create a climate where non-smoking becomes the norm in our society.

Eight out of 10 smokers reported that they had started to smoke at the age of 16. DHSSPS To reduce smoking among youth, DHSSPS introduced the Children’s and Youth Regulations (Sale of Tobacco) Regulations on 1 September 2008, to increase the minimum age of tobacco sale. products from 16 to 18

In this project we need to build and take care that non-smokers, especially children, are not exposed to cigarette smoke in their cars, where second hand smoke levels can be very high due to the limited area in which it moves.

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  • care must be taken that cessation smoking measures are available for smokers who wish to quit;
  • ensuring that young people do not start smoking through programs like “Teenage Kicks” and “Smokebusters”;
  • protecting non-smokers from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

The “no smoking of the day” campaign also ensures that the types of smoking are not explained and that smokers may use it at a convenient time to ward off.

The results

Across Northern Ireland, over 600 support services for people who want to stop smoking are in GP, ​​clinics, community pharmacies, hospitals, community centres, and work areas. Services were employed by nearly 24,000 people in 2009, with over 12,000 successfully closing their smoking four weeks after a quit day.

PHA works in partnership with local councils to enforce the smoking permits legislation. They procured service for stains, repressions and inquiries of complaints, and called in as a witness to buy that tobacco products should not be sold to children. Revision test babies are looking for cigarettes or tobacco in shops and supermarkets, and when these are sold, council officials later take action against the vendor.

Everyone’s smoking habits and circumstances are different, as is the reason for leaving. What works for one man is not necessary for another. Smokers can order the ‘Quit Kit’ for free on the ‘Want 2 Stop’ website: This has proven to be extremely effective as an additional tool to assist three groups of smokers who want to quit voluntarily.

PHA is called e-cigarettes instead of

Click here for the PHA statement regarding e-cigarettes.

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