New hard hitting smoking campaign launched

Smokers in Portsmouth are being targeted in a hard hitting new year campaign.

Smokers targeted in hard hitting new year campaign

"If you could see the damage smoking does to you, you would stop".

That's the message to smokers from a new hard hitting campaign being launched in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council, local smoking cessation providers and Public Health England (PHE) are working together to support smokers to quit in the new year with a new campaign.

The 'Health Harms' campaign aims to show smokers the harm smoking does to their body.

Every time a person smokes, blood that is thick and dirty with toxins circulates through the body in seconds, increasing chances of heart attack or stroke.

It follows on from a successful Stoptober, where 1,136 Portsmouth residents signed up to quit smoking.

Stopping smoking is a great way to start the New Year positively. Not only will quitting increase your bank balance but it will also help towards improving the quality of your life and that of the people around you. I know stopping smoking can be tough, but if you want to try we have lots of free, effective support on offer to help you. It's never too late to start stopping, so if you missed Stoptober this year, give a thought towards stopping for 2014. We're here to help should you need a helping hand."

– Barbara Skinner, Public Health at Portsmouth City Council