Proud to be a Quitter

Smokers in Stockton-on-tees are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 9 March.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 19.2% in Stockton-on-Tees.

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. We’re using inspirational stories of ex-smokers to highlight the life-changing benefits of quitting.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will be supporting the Stop Smoking Service on No Smoking Day to help smokers make this the day you start to stop.

Raf Rashid (Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor) 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 Stockton to quit for good.

“With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. That is why Stockton & Hartlepool Specialist Stop Smoking Servicewill be out in force on No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.”

Stockton & Hartlepool Specialist Stop Smoking Service 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.

For more information contact Stockton & Hartlepool Specialist Stop Smoking Service on 01642 383819 or visit www.nth.nhs.uk/stopsmoking