Local GPs support national ‘No Smoking day’

Local Doctors are calling for Doncaster folk to seek help to stop smoking as part of this year’s national ‘No smoking day’.

The annual awareness raising event is designed to inspire, motivate and prompt smokers to take the first step towards quitting smoking, raising awareness of the health and lifestyle benefits.

Hundreds of stories have been published across the country highlighting the reasons why people should think about quitting.

At the same time, Doncaster GPs, Dr David Crichton, GP at Bentley Surgery and Chair of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Dr Marco Pieri, GP at Petersgate Medical Centre and Clinical Lead for Cancer are also supporting the Government’s commitment to achieve a smokefree future to reduce smoking rates to less than five percent.

Dr Marco Pieri and Dr David Crichton

Pictured, Dr Crichton and Dr Pieri have signed an NHS Smokefree pledge which outlines Doncaster’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of local people.

Dr David Crichton, GP and Chair of Doncaster CCG said: “National No Smoking day is an important opportunity to continue to raise awareness of the health and lifestyle benefits of not smoking; not only helping individuals, but their children, families and friends as well.

“Smoking is a significant cause in lung cancer and many other health related issues. There are many support programmes in operation across Doncaster to help people stop smoking. I would encourage all smokers to think about the benefits of quitting and take advantage of the support available in their local area.”

Also launched this week is a pilot campaign led by Cancer Research UK across Yorkshire and Humber to improve awareness and access to a range of support tools to help people quit smoking.

The campaign runs until the 14 April focuses on the difficulties of quitting when the wrong tools and support is accessed. The campaign includes a series of useful messages which aim to encourage people to use the right support for them, ranging from professional specialist support and medication to the use of electronic cigarettes. It also suggests that tools such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy and going cold turkey are less likely to help people to effectively stop smoking.

Dr Marco Pieri, GP and Doncaster Cancer Lead said: “It is important that we ensure the right support is available at the right place and right time to effectively help people stop smoking.

“The national no smoking day and Cancer Research led campaigns are a useful start to help people realise the benefits of quitting. Along with other programmes and projects in Doncaster, we are working hard to improve early detection of lung cancer so we can help improve the health and wellbeing of people as much as possible.”

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council, said: “Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself, with benefits for your health, your appearance and your finances.

“Different approaches to quitting will work for different people and while some can do it with very little support, others find that planning ahead can really help them to make the change.”

Doncaster is also set to save more lives by detecting early lung cancer. The NHS Long Term Plan sets an ambition to ensure 55,000 more people across the country will survive their cancer – to achieve this the plan also included an ambition to increase the number of cancers diagnosed at stages one and two from half to three-quarters of cancer patients.

Watch the Cancer Research video from their right tools campaign below: