TWO specialist health workers have been recruited to tackle tobacco-related problems.
Smokers in ethnic minorities who want to quit the habit will be helped by a new health worker in Kirklees.
Amina Hans-Adam has been a health educator for two years and is to use her experiences to help people in minority ethnic communities give up smoking in North Kirklees.
She is will work closely with GP practices and run specialist clinics.
She said: "Smoking in the Asian community will be tackled with the emphasis on health. There are many benefits to be gained, whatever your culture.
"I see my role as a supportive role because of the difficulties of giving up and staying that way."
Amina is a qualified fitness instructor and says taking up exercise can help in stopping smoking.
She added that the problem in some parts of the Asian community was not just smoking but chewing tobacco which, puts people more at risk of mouth cancer.
"More preventative work is needed in the Asian community to give people the choice to stop and support them through that process," she said.
"I will also be informing health professionals of the different types of tobacco consumption."
Amina is also a project for the Smoke Free Homes Project, which encourages people not to smoke near children and to make rooms or their whole home a smoke-free zone.
Former nurse Christine Farmey will help people who have been referred from hospital and will develop training for hospital staff so more people can be offered help to stop smoking.
Christine said: "I have seen a lot of damage caused to people by smoking and have cared for smokers who have developed long-term illness."
The women have been recruited by the GP and nurse-led North Kirklees Primary Care Trust and will work in Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton.
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