Keep It Out
What is the ‘Keep It Out’ campaign about?
It’s a West Yorkshire campaign to tackle Illegal tobacco sales. Illegal tobacco sellers don’t care who they sell cigarettes to. Cheap, available tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking, often leading to a lifetime of addiction, ill health and an early death. It also puts them into contact with criminals.
If you know where illegal tobacco is being sold in Calderdale or anywhere else, report it anonymously at www.keepitout.co.uk
What’s the problem in West Yorkshire?
A major independent survey of over 1,200 smokers and non-smokers across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York revealed:
- Around 17% of smokers buy illegal tobacco
- 85% of adults are concerned about young people getting hold of illegal tobacco
- 36% of smokers have been offered illegal tobacco
- Six out of ten adults are “very uncomfortable” with illegal tobacco and see it as an important issue for the local community
- 8 out of 10 smokers regret starting
How can you help keep it out?
Anyone who knows where it is being sold is being urged to visit www.keep-it-out.co.uk or call the Illegal Tobacco Hotline on 0300 999 0000 and report activity anonymously.
Every time you smoke, blood that's thick and dirty with toxins travels around your body in seconds, which increases your chances of a heart attack or stroke.
What are the facts about smoking?
In October 2013, 850 people in Calderdale joined Stoptober to stop smoking. It is no secret that cigarettes kill. Did you know that each cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, 50 of which are known to cause cancer. These include:
- tar - known to cause cancer and lung damage
- carbon monoxide - a poisonous gas found in car fumes
- arsenic - effectively rat poison
- benzene - found in petrol fumes and causes leukaemia
- ethanol - used in anti-freeze.
You are at risk whether you smoke cigarettes or roll ups. Roll ups can affect your health in the same way as smoking cigarettes and cause heart disease and strokes. Smoking in pregnancy puts your baby at risk. Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Once you stop smoking, your body starts to experience the benefits immediately, with blood pressure and pulse rate returning to normal after just 20 minutes.
How do I stop smoking?
You are four times more likely to successfully quit with support. We fund and support local stop smoking pharmacies, and a specialist stop smoking service to help you to quit smoking. This includes a range of face to face support, free resources and stop smoking tips, which are also available from the NHS. To find the service nearest to you, see our list of stop smoking services in Calderdale and get in touch: Calderdale specialist NHS stop smoking service|.
I stopped smoking, how do I help others to stop smoking?
Contact us on 01422 397372.
We are always looking for inspiring stories to share across our community. Sometimes people need a little motivation to stop smoking and keep going, your story could make all the difference.