2gether Signs the NHS Smokefree Pledge

We’ve shown our commitment to a smokefree future across communities in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire by signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

²gether has been a Smokefree Trust since April 2017.  This means we don’t allow smoking in any of our premises (including our gardens, car parks and grounds) because we recognise that smoking is the single greatest cause of premature death and disease in our communities.

Marie Crofts, Director of Quality said: “Smoking is the primary reason for the 10 to 20 year shortened life expectancy for people with a mental health problem in the UK.

“We really want to work with our service users, carers and staff to reduce health inequalities, which includes helping to reduce smoking. We have a duty of care knowing what the evidence now is in relation to life expectancy. We want to help support people to live longer, healthier lives.

“It’s also a myth that smoking calms people down and aids relaxation. It actually increases anxiety and tension so can make mental health conditions worse as well as increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, cancer and a range of other conditions.

“Smoking also puts a huge burden on health and social care services and has a massive impact on the future sustainability of the NHS, so we want to be part of the solution.”

By signing the pledge and joining the Smokefree Action Coalition, ²gether has shown its support for the Government’s commitment to reduce smoking rates to less than 5 per cent.

There are many ways to get support if you want to quit smoking or help somebody else to do so.

These include:

  • If you are one of our service users, ask to speak to a Smokefree Champion or Quit Advisor.
  • If you live in Gloucestershire, visit hlsglos.org or ring 0800 122 3788.
  • If you live in Herefordshire, visit WISHHerefordshire.org or ring 01432 383567.
  • GPs can provide advice and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and most surgeries have nurses who offer a stop smoking service.
  • Visit One You
  • The national Smokefree website includes a wide range of support options and advice.
  • You can also call the national Smokefree helpline on 0800 022 4332 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm).