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Press Releases

Warning to light and social smokers
Monday, 20 February 2017
SMOKERS who've cut down are being warned they are still facing significant risks of cancer and heart disease unless they quit or switch as a campaign launches today.
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Pregnant women twice as likely to quit smoking with midwife support
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment – and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies.
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£44m social care bill to North East councils from smoking (ASH press release)
Monday, 30 January 2017
NEW figures show that smoking is adding to England's social care crisis, with at least £80.
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Smoking causes heart disease - quit for New Year
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
SMOKERS are being urged to quit for New Year in a campaign that highlights the damaging effect smoking has on the heart, as it is revealed that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease caused by smoking - over 16,500 a year in England.
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"Ditch or switch" this Christmas to save money and improve health
Monday, 12 December 2016
Quitting could pay for a trip to Lapland by this time next year People who smoke in the North East are being encouraged to ditch tobacco or at least make the switch to an e-cigarette in the run up to Christmas to save money and improve health.
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Hospitals can help more smokers quit
Wednesday, 07 December 2016
Hospitals in the North East are making progress to help people quit smoking - but can play a greater role in the future to reduce pressure on wards.
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Middlesbrough FC support Stoptober
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
Football star Ben Gibson is fronting Middlesbrough FC's support for Stoptober and is reminding fans that it's not too late to give smoking the boot for good.
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Newcastle United stars back Stoptober
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Football stars including Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey are fronting Newcastle United's support for Stoptober and are reminding fans that it's not too late to give smoking the boot for good.
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Radical call to improve North East health and prosperity
Thursday, 13 October 2016
North East should make radical shift to preventing poor health to close health and wealth gaps with the rest of the country.
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Major tobacco and alcohol conference in North East
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
PUBLIC health experts will gather in the North East this week to discuss two of the country's biggest public health problems – tobacco and alcohol – which collectively cost the nation billions of pounds through death, disease, social care and policing.
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