Consider all quitting options this No Smoking Day
GPs in Southwark are encouraging people to stop smoking by highlighting the range of help available from the NHS to support those keen to quit.
Ahead of No Smoking Day on Wednesday (March 13), smokers are also being reminded that giving up will have major benefits for them – and for those around them.
Among the tools available to help people stop smoking are:
- A personal quit plan – this is a free and easy-to-use digital tool that helps smokers find alternatives such as e-cigarettes (vaping). It considers how much you smoke and any quitting support you have used before. Get your personal quit plan.
To help people appreciate the harm smoking does to their body, PHE has released a new film (which you can watch above) showing its devastating effects. It features experts carrying out an experiment to visually demonstrate the high levels of cancer-causing chemicals and tar inhaled by an average smoker over a month, compared to not smoking or using an e-cigarette.
The results of the experiment graphically illustrate the difference between the impact of smoking and vaping. While a survey shows that almost half (44 per cent) of smokers believe vaping is as harmful as smoking, this is not the case: research estimates that although it is not risk-free, vaping is actually at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
Smoking accounts for 80,000 deaths a year and is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England. Quitting not only saves the average smoker around £1,700 a year, but also improves fertility levels and helps protects your children or those around you from suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks and meningitis.
Any day is a good day to stop smoking but No Smoking Day gives smokers another opportunity to try to quit – and you are four times more likely to do so with help from the NHS.
Find out more about the range of stop smoking services available to residents in Southwark by heading to the 'stopping smoking' section of our website for details