MORE than 4,500 people have been supported by Healthy Cornwall to quit smoking in the last year – the highest number across the South West.

There are around 66,500 smokers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, costing the region approximately £121million every year.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK and is greater in number than the next five causes combined. Each year in Cornwall there are approximately 1,000 smoking related deaths.

Cllr Sally Hawken cabinet member for Public Health said: “Helping people to lead healthier lives is one of Cornwall Council priorities. One of the best things a smoker can do to improve their health is quit or switch.

“Quitting isn’t just good for you, it’s good for everyone around you. It reduces the amount of second hand smoke in your home, but also means you could live longer and spend more time with your loved ones.”

Miriam Brenton Healthy Cornwall Stop Smoking manager added: “Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to prolong your life. You may have tried to quit on your own before, but getting support really is the best way to do it, there are different products to try and we can give you individual advice to make sure you get the best possible chance to stay smoke free for good.”

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