DEATHS from heart disease and strokes in Warwickshire have fallen dramatically since smoking in pubs and restaurants was banned ten years ago.
New figures have shown the number of smokers aged 35 and over dying from heart attacks and other cardiac conditions has dropped by over a fifth since 2007, while fatalities caused by a stroke are almost 14 per cent down.
The number of smokers in the county has also fallen and Warwickshire County Council has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to promote a smokefree environment.
Working with a number of partner organisations, the Warwickshire Smokefree Alliance has agreed an action plan to help smokers kick the habit and discourage children taking up smoking, together with tackling the sale of illegally imported and counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes, and promoting smokefree environments in hospitals, workplaces, schools and play areas.
County health spokesman Les Caborn said: “We are committed to supporting tobacco control work in Warwickshire and look forward to continue to work with partners to promote a smokefree environment.
“In Warwickshire, the quit4good service has helped thousands of smokers to become smoke free. Research has shown that you are four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you sign up to the quit4good 12 week programme. The online service aims to widen access and encourage more people than ever in Warwickshire to sign up and quit smoking for good.”
Visit quit4good.co.uk for more details on Stop Smoking Services in Warwickshire.