From April 2017, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust is Smokefree. No smoking is allowed at any of our premises, including in car parks and gardens. This applies to everyone – staff, service users, and visitors.
We’ve taken the decision in line with guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which states that secondary care providers have a duty of care to protect the health of, and promote healthy behaviour among, people who use, or work in, their services.
Watch this short film to find out more about why we are going Smokefree.
Did you know?
- Smoking is the primary reason for the 10 to 20 year shortened life expectancy for people with a mental health disorder. Smoking causes cancer, cardio vascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- People with mental health conditions consume 42 per cent of all tobacco bought in the UK.
- Many think smoking is a mood enhancer – in fact it causes depression, stress and anxiety.
- Smokers have a 79 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
These are just some of the reasons why cutting down or giving up smoking altogether can have a huge impact on improving your health and wellbeing.
How to get help quitting
- If you are one of our service users, ask to speak to a Smokefree Champion or Quit Advisor.
- If you live in Gloucestershire, visit www.hlsglos.org or ring 0800 122 3788.
- You can also call the national Smokefree helpline on 0800 022 4332 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm).
- GPs can provide advice and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and most surgeries have nurses who offer a stop smoking service.
- The national Smokefree website includes a wide range of support options and advice.