Be proud to be a quitter this No Smoking Day

Release Date: 06/03/2017

We are often told it’s not a good thing to give up -but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘quitter’ is something to be proud of.

Deciding to stop smoking is hard work, but the most important thing is taking that first step and setting a date to quit.

How about joining thousands of others who want to quit this No Smoking Day on 8 March. Whatever your motivations, you are four times more likely to quit successfully with an expert stop smoking advisor at your side. Ask your local stop smoking service or your doctor for help with quitting smoking.

The number of people in Richmond who smoke has dropped from 13% of residents in 2012 to around 11.9% per cent now, but smoking is still the single biggest cause of preventable death. Two-thirds of smokers want to quit.

Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

“Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health.

“We understand that many people find the thought of giving up daunting, and that most people are more likely to quit if they have some support.

“We want people to know that support is available at a place near you to help you give up smoking. Giving up is also great for your bank balance. People smoking a pack a day are likely to be spending more than £3,000 a year on their habit.

“Most GP practices and pharmacies in the borough provide a stop smoking service. Your local pharmacy is a great place to go for advice and the stop smoking service is often available without an appointment and at weekends.

“Two-thirds of smokers want to quit – and local services are here to help.”

Updated: 6 March 2017