Residents from Tameside were invited to an informative roadshow in Hyde town centre, where they learnt how Greater Manchester is bidding to become the first place in the world to Make Smoking History within a decade.
The event took place at Clarendon Mall on Tuesday 20 March and representatives for the campaign were present. They offered stop smoking support and encouraged people to have their say in a ‘History Makers’ survey at www.historymakersgm.co.uk.
The survey is for both smokers and non-smokers, and the aim is to include both groups in the conversation that’s looking for ways to reduce the damage caused by tobacco. By completing the questionnaire you will be actively getting involved in potentially history making changes across Tameside and Greater Manchester.
Nearly one in four people still smoke in Tameside, and the two biggest killers in the area are cardiovascular disease and cancer, both of which are closely linked to smoking.
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “While the number of young people taking up smoking has reduced drastically over the past ten years, we still have too many smoking and starting to smoke. We plan to deliver a tobacco-free generation with our communities.
“Smoking is everyone’s business. The harm from tobacco addiction affects our whole society, from the pain and suffering of individuals and their families to the preventable costs to the economy and public services.”
To receive support and advice on how to stop smoking please contact Be Well Tameside, on 0161 716 2000.
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From 12 February until 30 April, the people of Greater Manchester will be able to contribute to Making Smoking History by visiting www.historymakersgm.co.uk. The people of Greater Manchester can choose to respond to a short survey or to become part of the campaign at the same website.
In addition to the suffering of individuals and families, the cost of smoking to the residents of Greater Manchester is £785 million. These are preventable costs that include costs to businesses of sickness and lost productivity, as well as costs of smoking-related fires and costs to social services.
As part of the Making Smoking History movement, initiatives launched include an e-cigarette pilot scheme being trialled via local housing associations in Salford, and a campaign called ‘Don’t Be The 1’ encouraging smokers to quit. The campaign highlights that one in two long-term smokers will die as a result of their addiction.
For more information visit www.historymakersgm.co.uk
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