Below is information on initiatives in Northamptonshire & Peterborough on National No Smoking Day today;
Smokers in Northamptonshire are being urged by NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on 8 March 2017.
No Smoking Day is an ideal opportunity for smokers to make the pledge to give up cigarettes and to get help, support and expert advice to help them achieve their goal.
About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction. Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke. According to the Office for National Statistics*, 20% of men in England currently smoke and 17% of women smoke. Those aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to smoke but smoke the lowest amount per day at 9.6 cigarettes while smokers aged 50 to 59 smoke the most at 13.4 cigarettes a day.
Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up. For information on local help to stop smoking in Northamptonshire visit: http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/local-health-services/Pages/stop-smoking-support.aspx
You can also call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.
Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director at NHS Nene CCG, said:
“Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health, so make it your goal and give smoking up for good. Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit with support from the NHS so I would urge everyone to take advantage of all the support services that are available.
“Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend.
“By quitting you’ll be improving your own health by dramatically reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers. You’ll feel better, and have more money to spend on other things that you enjoy.”
People in Peterborough are being urged to take the first steps to give up smoking with the help of No Smoking Day initiatives.
With national No Smoking Day on Wednesday 8 March, residents are being encouraged to quit with the support of Peterborough City Council’s specialist wellbeing advisors who will be at three smoke free roadshows.
Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious illnesses and is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Every year 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking related illnesses.
Statistics prove you are four times more likely to quit with specialist support and these smoke free roadshows take place outside:
•Barclays Bank, Lincoln Road, Millfield – Wednesday 8 March and Thursday 9 March
•Town Hall, Bridge Street – Saturday 11 March
In addition to these events, wellbeing advisors will be visiting workplaces and schools around Peterborough to promote No Smoking Day.
Councillor Diane Lamb, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable early death in England. Stopping smoking might be a challenge, but the benefits to your health, purse and those around you will be worth it. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity for people to take action to protect their health and join thousands who are starting their quitting journey.”
Only about one in twenty unaided attempts to quit smoking result in smokers stopping for good. The best chance for quitting smoking in England is to use a local Stop Smoking Service, which offers behavioural support and medication which can improve a smoker’s chances of kicking the habit.
On Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March, an advertising campaign involving ‘look walkers’ wearing illuminated billboard backpacks will take place in the city centre to engage with smokers and generate referrals into local services.
No Smoking Day is also budget day and tobacco taxes are expected to rise. A 10 a day smoker who decides to quit completely could save themselves about £23.50 a week, or more than £1,200 a year. This is an opportunity for smokers in England to use the day as their chance to quit.
If you are unable to visit a roadshow, you can talk to your GP or pharmacist who can refer you to a specialist stop smoking clinic.
There’s also the free Stop Smoking Service on 0800 376 56 55 where you can speak direct to a trained advisor.