SMOKERS are being encouraged to give up as part of a campaign.
Hampshire County Council is starting a new campaign in 2016 called Health Harms.
It shows that quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing serious, debilitating lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with many smokers often dismissing the early signs as a ‘smoker’s cough’.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, the council’s executive member for health and public health said: ‘COPD is a serious condition which can greatly impact on a person’s quality of life.
‘I want to remind local people there is help if they are worried about the harm smoking is doing to their health and want to quit.’
Hampshire’s Quit4Life service is one of the first ‘e-cigarette friendly’ NHS stop smoking services in the country and can provide advice.
Call Quit4Life on 0845 602 4663, or text QUIT to 60123 or visit quit4life.nhs.uk to contact the service.