Morley blows the smoke

cigarette smoking ashtray
cigarette smoking ashtray

The British Heart Foundation wants 2015 to be the year we ditch the fags after figures revealed more than a fifth of people in Morley were smokers.

The charity’s latest figures show that around 21 percent of adults in the Morley and Outwood constituency smoke – above the national average of 18 percent.

The figures come ahead of national Stop Smoking Day on March 11, in which smokers are encouraged to quit the cigs and stick to it.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said: “Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers.

“The good news is that stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health and the risk to your overall health decreases significantly after you stop.

“We’re encouraging smokers to visit their GP, pharmacist or local stop smoking advisor to receive resources, information, and advice on quitting smoking. This is the first step on the journey towards a smoke-free life.”

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