Smokers are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to quit the habit as it supports a new hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign that shows the damage that cigarettes cause.
Stop the Rot graphically highlights how smoking damages the body, causing a slow decay in bones, muscles, and vital organs – essentially rotting the body from the inside out.
The campaign, led by Public Health England, follows a new review into the impacts that toxic ingredients in cigarettes can have on the body.
In 2013 around 17.5 per cent of the adult Derbyshire population smoked – the second lowest county within the East Midlands region and lower than both the regional average of 19.1 per cent and the national average of 18.4 per cent.
Derbyshire has seen a reduction in the estimated number of adults smoking year on year from 20.5 per cent in 2010 to 17.5 per cent - although there is a variation by area.
Smoking prevalence is highest in Bolsover at 23 per cent followed by High Peak at 21.2 per cent and Chesterfield at 20.2 per cent.
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “We’re supporting the Stop the Rot campaign as smoking remains one of the biggest causes of preventable illness and premature death in Derbyshire.
“While many smokers know the damage cigarettes do to their hearts and lungs, they are less likely to be aware of how harmful smoking is to the rest of their body.”
The new report highlights health impacts including an increased risk of bone fractures, slower healing after injury and a higher chance of rheumatoid arthritis.
The research also found that current smokers are 59 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and are at a higher risk of tooth loss and decay and sight defects such as age-related cataracts.
Councillor Allen added: “If people are making New Year’s resolutions to stop smoking there are plenty of services in Derbyshire that can help them give up for good.”
Residents who would like help to quit can call Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service on 01246 515550 or visit www.derbyshirecountystopsmokingservice.nhs.uk