Health Secretary Margaret Hodge says it’s important to know when to quit smoking, but not to do it in a hurry.
The Health Secretary was speaking at the National Health Foundation’s World Health Summit, where she was addressing the issue of the growing burden of disease.
She also said that quitting is not a choice but a process and the most effective way to fight disease is to get the best care possible.
The issue of smoking is now a global health crisis, but the Health Secretary says that doesn’t mean quitting can be a one-time, easy thing.
She says the only thing you can do is to give yourself the best possible chance of living a long and healthy life.
Hodge is one of many speakers on the subject of smoking at the event, and she also spoke about her new book, ‘Cigarette Smokers’ Tales’, which she co-authored with journalist Tom McLean.
“When I was smoking, I thought ‘I’m not going to die from this’, ” she told the crowd.
“And the only way I could get rid of that was to smoke a lot.”
If you want to do anything else, you have to smoke more.
“If you’re thinking ‘I need to quit’, you can’t.
You can’t quit smoking.
You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing.”
Hodge said that people are getting older and the numbers of smokers are increasing.
She said people are going to need to get older, because there are still people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are still smoking.
“The average person in this country who smokes will be 85 or 90 by 2035,” she said.
Hodge also pointed out that the tobacco industry has spent billions on marketing and public relations.
“So the biggest risk to the industry is if you’re the first person who thinks, ‘I might want to quit’.”
But if you stop, it’s a one time thing.
You’ll get to keep the benefits, which are so great, and you won’t need to worry about quitting.
“But I think if you have the support of your doctor, you can get better results.”
Hodgkin’s Surgeons said they have never seen a case of someone dying from smoking.
The Surgeons, the nation’s second-largest health organisation, said it’s critical that smokers who need to be treated get the treatment they need.
“This is not something you can say, ‘Oh, you need to go and get a second opinion,'” said Surgeon Mark Hopkins.
“But we’ve had cases of smokers getting second opinions from surgeons.”
Dr Hopkins said smoking has a “direct effect” on a person’s chances of dying, and he said the Surgeons is looking at ways to improve the treatment.
“We are always looking at opportunities to improve treatment,” he said.