Please provide real help to smokers in the North West of England

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The situation about tobacco control in the North West of the UK is unacceptable. Smoking cessation funding cuts mean thousands of smokers are put at risk.

How many lives will be taken early before tobacco products are finally removed from the markets?


My name is Richard Jeremejevas and I am the founder of Transition Project, which is created with a purpose to encourage people to quit smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of this harmful addiction.

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of the two biggest killers, cancer and heart disease, and the world’s seven most deadly diseases. You may not have known that in 2012 alone, a staggering 8.2 million people died of cancers, which were directly linked to smoking and passive (more commonly known as second-hand) smoking. The study of the World Health Organisation found, that 11.5% of global deaths in 2015 were attributed to smoking worldwide. “The negative effects of smoking extend well beyond individual and population health as billions of dollars in lost productivity and healthcare expenditure are related to smoking every year,” it said.

You may be familiar with the multiple recent campaigns against diabetes and supporting research in curing diabetes. A recent study proves that smokers are 30-40% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes which could threaten the quality of their lives and even the health and wellbeing of their families.

Smoking is a repulsive habit which has hit the younger generation hard. 40% of regular adult smokers began smoking before hitting 16, which indicates that not enough young people have been educated about the dangers of this addiction.

My big concern is that unfortunately there were anti-smoking funding cuts in the North West of the UK recently. 50 per cent of local authorities in the region were forced to reduce their smoking cessation budgets in the last two years, putting vital services to tackle smoking at risk – as well as thousands of lives. The number of smokers in Oldham, for example, has risen from 17 to 19 percent, according to new figures.

The cigarette pack’s common line “Smoking Kills” has not been nearly as effective as the government may have hoped upon inventing this custom.

Here is the story from my own life experience. When I was 16, a classmate and dear friend passed away from lung cancer. He began smoking when he was only nine. Such a tragic and pointless loss of young life. Fifteen years ago my auntie Valentina died because of stomach cancer at the age of 58, she was a regular smoker. And in 2012 my uncle Cheslav died of lung cancer, and he was heavy smoker all his life. Then recently my ex-colleague Paul lost his life. It was very sudden and unexpected death. He was 64 and was a smoker too. He had been diagnosed with cancer three weeks before he died, doctors said cancer had spread to multiple organs so there was no hope for him.

Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, Graham Chapman, Steve McQueen, George Harrison, Robert Taylor, King George VI, Walt Disney, Sigmund Freud and many other famous and successful people fell victims of this vile habit.

There’s a great quote of ancient greek philosopher Socrates: “There’s only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”    I cannot agree more on it. People shouldn’t ignore the known and proven fact that every cigarette they smoke is harmful, and if to do nothing about it, the damage to health will be inevitable.

The good news is that once they stop smoking, the health improves and body begins to recover.

Therefore I’ve created a lesson, which could be greatly beneficial to those planning to quit. I believe that stopping smoking can immensely improve the quality of life.

If people wish to live the better life, making change is up to them!   And such lesson would definitely help to realise it.

At the moment everything is based on pure enthusiasm and I fund this project from my own money, but unfortunately it’s very limited, that is why I came with the idea to find a sponsorship. Your support would allow to provide wider help to smokers in the North West region, and potentially to expand it to other areas.

It would be an immense push for this cause: if anti-smoking would be more popular among society, many other major issues would be aided simultaneously such as world hunger. An uncommonly known fact is that if all cigarette and tobacco farming would be eliminated and the land replaced with crops, 70% of all world hunger would be completely solved and hundreds of thousands of jobs could be offered to low-income farmers across the globe.


If you are interested or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at: or call 07737218803.