In September the charity Action of Smoking and Health (ASH) are launching a major report quantifying the cost of adult social care to local authorities for key smoking related disease such as COPD, strokes and cancers.
This is a really important piece of work since local public health budgets are used for cessation and prevention, but this will show how smoking impacts directly on local authorities, not just on the NHS.
To bring the launch to life, ASH are looking for case studies who could be featured across regions. In particular, they’re looking for current or former smokers in receipt of a care package who would be prepared to talk about the care they need and how difficult it is not being able to do the things they used to do. Ideally they are looking for people who would be comfortable sharing their experiences and would be happy to speak to the press on the day of the launch (ASH will mediate and organise this so that you won’t be contacted directly or without prior warning). However, if you’d be happy to appear as a print case study only, they would also be very pleased to hear from you.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, please contact Jenn Ruddick, Policy and Campaigns Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7404 0242.