CPFT pledges to go smokefree

CPFT has today signed the NHS Smokefree Pledge, committing to helping staff and patients alike quit smoking while ensuring that its sites are smokefree.

CPFT pledges to go smokefree
31 May 2018

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has today signed the NHS Smokefree Pledge, committing to helping staff and patients alike quit smoking while ensuring that its sites are smokefree.

The NHS Smokefree Pledge [1] has been designed by the Smokefree Action Coalition [2] and is endorsed by NHS England, Public Health England and the Public Health Minister, Steve Brine MP. [1] It will help support NHS organisations to help smokers in their care quit and to create smokefree environments to help them. Signatories also commit to ensuring that smokers within the NHS have access to the medication they need to quit in line with NICE guidance on smoking in secondary care.

Steve Brine MP, the Public Health Minister, said: “The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the commitments made in Tobacco Control Plan for England. The Plan sets a number of ambitious targets to reduce smoking prevalence as we head towards England’s first smokefree generation. I am delighted to support the Pledge.”

The cost of smoking to the NHS in England is £2.5 billion every year, [3] and 1 in 4 patients in hospital is a smoker. [4]

Tracy Dowling, Chief Executive, CPFT, said: “We are is delighted to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disease and kills 79,000 people in England every year. [3] We are determined to help as many smokers to quit as possible, improving their health and reducing the smoking burden placed on the NHS.”

 

References

[1] The NHS Smokefree Pledge - http://smokefreeaction.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Final-NHS-Smokefree-Pledge.pdf

[2] Smokefree Action Coalition website

[3] Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England. Department of Health, 2015.

[4] Agrawal. S, Mangera. Z British Thoracic Society Smoking Cessation Audit Report, 1 April-31 May 2016.

 

 

 

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