Be a quitter on No Smoking Day 2016

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We are encouraging smokers to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 9 March.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 21.2% of people in Kirklees.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’. In life we’re told never to give up – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Kirklees to quit for good.”

Cllr Viv Kendrick, our cabinet member for prevention, early intervention and vulnerable adults said:

“This campaign lets smokers know that they’re never alone as thousands of people will be attempting to quit for good.”

”Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but you’re much more likely to kick the habit with support. There’s a range of services and resources available locally in Kirklees. These services, together with your determination, means you could live a healthier, and wealthier, lifestyle if you succeed.”

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said:

“Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 9 March in their calendars, and take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”

How to be a quitter

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit the no smoking day website and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

Yorkshire Smokefree offers quitters the chance to choose support in person, on the phone or online.
Visit the Yorkshire smokefree website
Call 0800 6120011 (free from landlines) or 0330 6601166 (free from most mobiles).

You can also visit the NHS smokefree website for advice and support.

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