No Smoking Day, which recently merged with the British Heart Foundation, is an annual health campaign now in its 29th year. It is responsible for helping more than 750,000 smokers attempt to quit on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them quit in the future.
I hope many of Oldham’s smokers decided to ‘take the leap’ and stop smoking on No Smoking Day on 14th March.
To help with the campaign I posed with a giant cigarette stub as you can see from the photo!
As a former chair of North West Ash (Action on Smoking and Health) I know that stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to boost your health and the money in your pocket. Quitting can be hard, but there is lots of support available and you can do it in the knowledge that you’ll be one of thousands of others trying to do the same thing.
One in five UK adults smoke including 23 per cent of people in the North West. But UK figures show two thirds want to quit.
Vishnee Sauntoo, a smoking cessation adviser who now works on the No Smoking Day campaign, said: “Now is the time for smokers to get ready to quit, so stock up on patches and gum, or visiting your GP or stop smoking service for help and advice.
“Tell friends and family what you’re going to do so they can support you along the way. However you decide to quit, the preparations you make can play a big part in how successful you are when you come to take the leap.”
For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit www.taketheleap.co.uk