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Thousands of viewers shaking their stuff to smoke-free video

Thursday 26 January 2017

It’s the video that has had Sheffield talking – and dancing – for the last week.

And just eight days after it was released across social media, Sheffield City Council’s innovative “You Can Leave Your Patch On” music video has had more than 65,000 views. That means one in seven people in the whole city has already watched it.

The video sees council workers in manual jobs giving a cheeky nod to “The Full Monty” by covering Tom Jones’ You Can Leave Your Hat On, with the lyrics rewritten to give a smoke-free message.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m so glad that this video has been the runaway success we hoped it would be. It’s fun, it’s different, and it’s especially apt as we enter 2017, which is the 20th anniversary year of The Full Monty.

“I also hope that You Can Leave Your Patch on is successfully spreading the message that it’s best to quit – but, if you can’t quit, swap to an e-cig.

“If you haven’t seen it yet, log on to Our Sheffield on Facebook, follow @sheffcouncil or @reythealthysheff on Twitter or go to the council’s channel on YouTube – then you’ll see what all the fuss is about!”

As of today (26 January 2017) You Can Leave Your Patch On has had more than 60,000 views on Facebook and 4,975 views on YouTube.

The video has also reached 32,000 people on Twitter – meaning that the real number of viewers could be far higher than 65,000.

In Sheffield, smoking is still the biggest killer, the biggest burden to public health and the biggest cause of health inequalities between rich and poor.

The “You Can Leave Your Patch On” campaign aims to help raise awareness of the benefits of stopping smoking and of the availability of local stop smoking services.

The campaign’s target audience is routine and manual working men, after research showed that workers in these jobs are twice as likely to smoke as those in managerial and professional roles.

It is estimated that 27.7 per cent of routine and manual workers smoke in Sheffield – the same as the England average for this group – compared to 18 per cent of the general population.

This group has also seen the slowest decline in smoking rates. Therefore, tackling these inequalities is a key challenge for Sheffield’s tobacco control programme.

Cllr Lea added: “Our research has shown us that routine and manual workers are as likely as other groups to want to stop smoking and try to quit – however they are not as successful as other groups in remaining smoke-free in the long term.

“We also know they are more likely to spend more money on smoking, and in some cases spend up to five times as much of their weekly household budget on smoking as richer smokers.

“So, in tackling these health inequalities in Sheffield, we thought the best thing to do was to get men from this group on board, and see if they could help us spread the word.”

While good progress is being made on tackling tobacco, there are still around 79,200 people who smoke in Sheffield – and tobacco kills approximately 16 people a week in the city.

Approximately one in five adults in Sheffield smoke, and those who smoke can expect to have shorter, less healthy lives.

Research proves that people are four times more likely to quit with help from their local stop smoking service.

For further advice and information, visit www.sheffield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk.