No Smoking Day is our yearly big push to get smokers who want to quit started on the path to being ‘Proud Quitters'.
This year it falls on 9th
March and it’s a good opportunity to re-evaluate your health and consider quitting.
The first No Smoking Day was in 1983. Back then there were millions more smokers in the UK compared to today, so we must be doing something right.
But still, around 10 million people in the UK smoke, while around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes. That's 100,000 deaths too many.
So why quit? Smokers come from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for wanting to quit. For some, it’s to be healthier and fitter. For others, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family and little ones. And for lots, it's the thought of all that money going up in smoke.
There's lots of free support on offer, and by using the support that's right for you, you'll be boosting your chance of quitting for good.
If you live in England, you can sign up for free proven support from NHS Smokefree. The One Day Quit Tool has been developed by experts to provide practical and tailored support to help make 9th March 2016 the day you start to stop. Sign up to get your free quitting support to ensure you’re ready to quit with thousands of others this No Smoking Day.
What happens to your body when you quit? The changes can actually be rapid.
Ready to quit?
- 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal
- 8 hours: Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal
- 24 hours: Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
- 48 hours: Nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste both improve
- 2 – 12 weeks: Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves
- 3 – 9 months: Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair
- 1 year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker
Surveys show that you’re more likely to successfully quit if you have the support of family and friends, so quit together.
Visit https://nosmokingday.org.uk/i-want-to-quit/ for more information.