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Health experts are encouraging anyone who smokes in Cheshire to contact their local stop smoking service to access free support to quit, as new Public Health England campaign reveals that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking – over 16,500 a year in England.
CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation – including heart attacks and strokes. The disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the country[ii] and quitting has been identified as the single best thing a smoker can do to protect their heart.
CVD is usually associated with the build up of fatty deposits clogging up the arteries, known as atherosclerosis,2 that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes[iii]. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24%)[iv] and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke..[v]
Local authority stop smoking services are available for free help and support to help people to become smokefree. You can find your local stop smoking service at www.nhs.uk/smokefree
The latest hard hitting campaign from PHE coincides with the first year when all cigarettes sold in the UK will be in standard packs, with all attractive branding removed. The packs, which will be mandatory from May, feature graphic picture and text health warnings, several of which illustrate how smoking causes CVD and death.