Trust signs up to smoke-free pledge

Marking the start of Stoptober, Phil Confue, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), has signed the Trust up to the NHS’ ‘Smokefree Pledge’.

Trust signs up to smoke-free pledge

The Smokefree Pledge is designed to be a clear and visible way for NHS organisations to show their commitment to helping smokers quit and to providing smoke-free environments to support them. The Pledge has been endorsed by the Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP, and the Chief Executives of NHS England and Public Health England.

• Ten years ago, 21% of people in Cornwall smoked. This number
has now fallen to 15.7%.
• In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly approximately 80,000 people
are smokers.
• Nation-wide, 60% of smokers say they want to quit.
• More than 1 in 8 report that they plan to quit within the next
three months.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. Stoptober is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.

The benefits of quitting smoking include improvement of smell and taste, improvement of fertility, younger looking skin and living longer, as well as many other benefits, which include saving around £250 a month for those who smoke a packet of cigarettes a day.

CFT Chief Executive, Phil Confue commented “I am really pleased to make this public commitment to helping smokers quit and to smoke-free environments. Smoking has a number of adverse effects, not just on the smoker’s health, but also on those around them. Since April this year the Trust has moved to smoke-free environments on its wards and is offering a range of support to patients while in hospital to make changes which will have life-long benefits to their health.”

Although there are now 1 million fewer smokers in England than in 2014, there remain over 6 million adults who still smoke and despite efforts to reduce inequalities, there are still groups where smoking rates remain high. Smoking remains the single most important driver of health inequalities and a leading cause of morbidity.

Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said: “While smoking rates are at an all-time low, it is still our country’s biggest preventable killer—so we are absolutely committed to helping people quit for life. The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the bold ambitions set out in our new Tobacco Control Plan. It is fantastic to see the NHS making such a powerful statement to help us push for a smoke free generation.”