High Peak health chiefs sign up to tobacco control statement

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High Peak health chiefs have signed up to the NHS statement on tobacco control to highlight their commitment to tackle the harm smoking causes communities in Derbyshire.

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have committed to actively supporting work at a local level to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities and to raise the profile of the harmful effects of smoking. The statement has been endorsed by the Public Health Minister, NHS England, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission and the British Medical Association.

It is estimated that over 113,000 adults smoke in Derbyshire with around 3,900 adult deaths in the county attributable to smoking-related diseases between 2011 and 2013.

Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer at NHS North Derbyshire CCG, said: “Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend.

“Tobacco is the single greatest cause of death and disability in our communities and kills more people than the next six causes of premature death. Smoking is harmful not only to smokers but also to the people around them.”