Increase in numbers of people requesting information on smoking cessation
Figures released yesterday show that 1.1 million smokers (one in 10) actually stopped smoking on last month's No Smoking Day (14 March), and a third of all smokers took a positive step towards stopping smoking.
The charity behind the No Smoking Day "Make a fresh start" campaign has seen a surge in the numbers of people who have requested information to organise events on No Smoking Day and the increased demand is due to the UK's smokefree legislation coming into force this year. Many employers sought the chance to get ahead of the ban and used No Smoking Day as the day to change their policies and help their staff to quit smoking.
Analysis showed that there was an increase in the number of smokers using help to quit on the Day rather than going it alone. Vishnee Sauntoo, Campaign Manager for the No Smoking Day charity, said: "It is really important that smokers who want to stop seek help in their quit attempt. We know that stopping smoking is difficult on your own. There is a range of help available from a free local NHS Stop Smoking Service to nicotine patches or gum from your local pharmacy. However you choose to stop, there is always someone to help and support you."
Any smokers who quit on No Smoking Day will already be feeling the benefits. A 20-a-day smoker will have almost £180 extra in their pocket – a nice weekend break in Europe or a shopping trip getting ready for the summer – using the extra energy they've got! Not only will their sense of taste and smell come back – they will smell a lot fresher too! Blood pressure will be back to normal and there will be no carbon monoxide or nicotine left in the body.
NHS Stop Smoking Services offer free help that can make it four times more likely that a smoker will succeed in stopping smoking. To find out where your local stop smoking service is log onto www.nosmokingday.org.uk or call 0800 169 0 169.