Smokers urged to quit on No Smoking Day

Smokers in Northumberland are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day today.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 23:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 18:48 pm

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 16.5% of people in Northumberland, the figures for MPs’ constituencies are: Berwick: 19.4%; Blyth Valley: 25.5%; Hexham: 15.2%; and Wansbeck: 23.8%.

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 and inspirational stories of ex-smokers are being used to highlight the life-changing benefits of quitting.

Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be active on No Smoking Day to help smokers make this the day you start to stop.

Councillor Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health at Northumberland County Council, 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 Northumberland to quit for good.

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“With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. That is why we are backing No Smoking Day and educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.”

For anyone thinking of or in the process of quitting, more help is on hand to support people in Northumberland to stop smoking.

Northumberland Stop Smoking Service has recruited eight new specialist advisors and started new sessions ahead of national No Smoking Day.

The service, which is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, now has over 100 advisors offering support across the county.

David Lightley, from Stakeford, who quit with the service and remains smoke-free four years on, added: “Giving up takes a lot of will-power but it made it easier to have the support of the stop smoking service.

“I don’t think I would have managed without their help. Quitting was hard at first, but the tablets really helped me not to want a cigarette and now I know I’ll never go back to it.”

To receive information and support on stopping smoking, people living in Northumberland can contact Northumberland Stop Smoking Services by calling 01670 813 135 or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking

Northumberland County Council is part of a network of organisations across the UK that manages local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.

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 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.”

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay

You can get help to quit here: www.nosmokingday.org.uk