Smokers in Northamptonshire are being urged by NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on 8 March 2017.
No Smoking Day is an ideal opportunity for smokers to make the pledge to give up cigarettes and to get help, support and expert advice to help them achieve their goal.
About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction. Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke. According to the Office for National Statistics*, 20% of men in England currently smoke and 17% of women smoke. Those aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to smoke but smoke the lowest amount per day at 9.6 cigarettes while smokers aged 50 to 59 smoke the most at 13.4 cigarettes a day.
Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it's never too late to give up. For information on local help to stop smoking in Northampton visit: http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/local-health-services/Pages/stop-smoking-support.aspx
You can also call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.
Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director at NHS Nene CCG, said:
“Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health, so make it your goal and give smoking up for good. Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit with support from the NHS so I would urge everyone to take advantage of all the support services that are available.
“Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend.
“By quitting you'll be improving your own health by dramatically reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers. You'll feel better, and have more money to spend on other things that you enjoy.”