Peter Mackereth in Interview on Smoking Cessation for the BBC

Posted by lizrichardson – Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Peter Mackereth, Clinical Lead for Complementary Therapies and Smoking Cessation at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester was invited by the BBC to provide his thoughts on the government’s proposals to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
To see Peter Mackereth’s interview follow the following link: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17699440.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley recently reported that  “Each year it [smoking] accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease…That is why the health ministers across the UK have a responsibility to look closely at initiatives that might encourage smokers to quit and stop young people taking up smoking in the first place…Through the forthcoming consultation we want to hear as many views as possible about whether tobacco packing should remain unchanged, plain packaging should be adopted or a different option should be considered.”
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To read more about the proposals and consultation on standardised tobacco packaging see www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/04/tobacco-packaging-consultation.
Peter Mackereth, an honorary member of CAR, is a registered nurse and has worked in intensive care, neurology and oncology.  Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology versus relaxation training for people with MS.  He has trained in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, body psychotherapy, massage and reflexology.  Peter has authored a number of papers and books and speaks nationally and internationally on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation.
To read more about the work of the Integrative Therapies Training Unit at The Christie and training on offer to CAR practitioners, visit: www.christie.nhs.uk/the-foundation-trust/treatments-and-clinical-services/clinical-services/complementary-therapy-services/workshops-and-training.aspx.

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