A common pledge is to quit smoking, and to help steel addicts’ resolve to kick the habit, a hard-hitting national campaign has been launched highlighting the toxic damage tobacco smoke does to organs such as the brain, as well as the lungs.
Claire Holden, manager of the Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service, said staff managed to help 3,000 put down cigarettes for good last year - and added it was ‘hard to argue’ with the benefits of quitting.
“For as long as I can remember, New Year has been the traditional time when people start thinking about stopping smoking, losing weight or going to the gym,” said Claire.
“Nationally in the last 10 years the number of smokers has come down quite a lot which is great news. Sheffield is slightly higher than the national average, but we’re going in the right direction.”
The Government’s multi-million-pound advertising campaign, called Toxic Cycle, aims to make cigarette smokers think about the less well-known damage that can be done to hearts and brains by inhaling chemicals such as arsenic and cyanide.