The event was organised to promote a Government Paper published on 1st February entitled:
“A Smokefree Future – A comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for England”
SMOKEFREE Solihull is a joint agency project aimed at raising awareness of the health dangers of smoking and encouraging people who smoke to quit. The progress is encouraging with Solihull much further ahead in such projects when compared with many parts of the UK.
Speaking personally, I smoked from age 16 until I finally quit about 7 years ago. Like most of my peers I gave up a few times but I always succumbed to the habit and returned to smoking time and time again. After almost 7 years I hope I have finally kicked the habit for good.
I have empathy for those who smoke and want to give up the habit. I also have great understanding and sympathy for those who just cannot quit. It is bloody hard work.
This question was asked from the audience to the health experts running the event;
“I know someone who smoked all their life and died at 87 years of age. How do you explain that?”
One of the Department of Health Team gave this brilliant answer;
"If everyone in this room was blindfolded and asked to cross the busiest motorway in England then some people would get to the other side."
My own view is that no one can surely argue against the ‘smoking kills’ argument – it does – end of story. I say let's just accept the overwhelming evidence.
Smoking will probably never be made illegal in the UK but things have moved on quickly over the last few years and we now have a smoking ban in pubs for instance – something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.
We surely owe it to our children and grandchildren to aim for a smoke free England.
(More about Smokefree initiatives can be seen here)