The Clinical Commissioning Group in Brighton and Hove asked the Get Involved Group to carry out a consultation with disabled people and their carers on the topic of Improving Cancer Outcomes, with a focus on lung cancer and smoking. We asked questions about disabled peoples’ knowledge of the links between smoking and lung cancer, and their experience of giving up smoking. The recommendations below aim to better inform the future of smoking cessation services in the local area.
Our key recommendations are:
- Work with local smoking cessation support services to ensure they are fully accessible for disabled and Deaf people. This includes physical access to buildings, providing information in alternative formats, and offering BSL interpretation when needed.
- Provide home visits to those less able to leave their homes in order to visit services on smoking cessation.
- Build on national campaigns and messages to raise more awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer and the detrimental affects of smoking on someone’s health to encourage disabled people to quit.
- Encourage smokers to use peer-support when trying to stop smoking, including friends and family and peer-support groups.
- Create greater awareness on what support is available locally for disabled people who want to quit smoking, particularly free and low-cost services and peer-support groups.
- Provide clearer information on the latest evidence of e-cigarettes to the public. Clarify the potential dangers when used to help stop smoking.