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No Smoking Day triggers promises to quit

To mark today's World No Smoking Day some 19% of smokers across the UK plan to quit the habit, research suggests.

A survey has found that to mark the 25th annual No Smoking Day event, over 2.25 million smokers across the UK will quit, making it the biggest No Smoking Day in years.

Events are to take place across the country today, with local stop smoking services, employers, GPs and others providing help, support and advice for those that are ready to quit.

Docor Hilary Jones said: "Quitting can be the single most beneficial step a smoker can take to improve their health. It's a habit that kills around half of all long-term smokers, but the good news is that quitting starts to reverse the damage almost immediately.

"It's fantastic to see so many people committing to quit on No Smoking Day. If you'd like to stop, join the millions of smokers ready to change their lives for the better on 12 March."

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