A LIFE-saving partnership has been launched by three
services with a vested interest in Greater Manchester's communities
giving up smoking.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, The Christie and
Manchester Stop Smoking Service have joined forces to help more
people kick the habit.
On top of the work that each organisation does individually to
improve the quality of people's lives by quitting smoking, they
have formed a partnership to enhance what they are already
They will work together on a range of events and activities in
The partnership was launched on Friday, March 2, with a course
to train staff from GMFRS and The Christie to act as smoking
It also comes just two weeks ahead of national No Smoking Day on
March 14 when activities will be taking places right across Greater
Manchester to mark the occasion, encouraging people to give up.
Councillor David Acton, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Authority chairman, said: "Smoking is one of the biggest causes of
fire in homes in Greater Manchester and one of the biggest causes
of cancer so this partnership makes perfect sense.
"While we don't want to tell people how to live their lives,
there are undoubtedly health benefits to giving up smoking as well
as drastically reducing the risk of suffering a fire in your
"Therefore, together we will work tirelessly to make sure people
have access to the right support and facilities so it is as easy as
possible for anyone our communities to give up smoking."
Peter Mackereth, clinical lead for smoking cessation at The
Christie said: "It is not like it was 50 years ago - we now have a
strong grasp on the dangers that smoking brings to people and those
exposed to the smoke - what with cancers, breathing and heart
problems and, of course, house fires.
"People come and see us day after day addicted to smoking and
wanting to stop. It's never too late to stop - yes it's a challenge
when you're ill - but worth it. Being smoke free will reduce
treatment side-effects and increases rates of recovery from
"In the UK, smoking kills five times more people than road
accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV all put together. The
statistics are mind blowing."
Abbie Paton , Acting Manager Manchester Stop Smoking Service
said: "Manchester Stop Smoking Service provides NHS support from
trained advisors to support people who are ready to have a go at
quitting smoking. The service is free and open to anyone who lives,
works or receives health care in Manchester. There is support in
many places across the city including: health centres, clinics, GP
practices, pharmacies, community centres, and markets.
"We also provide information on the benefits of making your home
smoke free to protect children from the harmful effects of
breathing in other people's cigarette smoke. Children are likely to
be healthier, with less risk of asthma, chest infections, middle
ear infection, behavioural problems and learning difficulties.
"We are excited about this new partnership as it will enable us
to work together to get key information out to the public. It will
help people make informed lifestyle choices."
For support to quit smoking contact Manchester Stop Smoking
Service on 0161 205 5998 or visit www.stopsmokingmanchester.co.uk.