No Smoking Day (8th March)

Many smokers want to quit but aren’t sure about the best way to go about it. 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.
No Smoking Day has been running since Ash Wednesday in 1983, when it was called “Quit for the Day”. The campaign is re-designed every year to help spur smokers into action. No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to stop smoking. Smokers can get help when they want to stop. There are health and other benefits to stopping smoking.

How No Smoking Day works

The success of No Smoking Day is built on the commitment of thousands of local organisers across the UK. The hard work of these dedicated organisers has helped ensure that No Smoking Day remains one of the UK’s foremost public health events. The No Smoking Day team works with national helplines, local stop smoking services, drop-in centres, pharmacists, GPs and other services that offer help and advice to smokers who want to give up. No Smoking Day is rigorously evaluated every year, ensuring the campaign stays relevant and up-to-date.

What we don’t do

  • Try to force smokers to stop – No Smoking Day is for smokers who want to quit.
  • Harass smokers – it’s not about banning smoking, or picking on smokers.
  • Leave quitters high and dry – smokers need support before and after No Smoking Day.
 

Smoking support through your GP

Many people don’t realise that their GP can help them quit smoking. But your doctor can do a lot, such as enrolling you in a ‘stop smoking’ clinic and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication such as Champix.

Support from the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline – 0800 022 4332

They provide excellent information and advice on the best way to quit. By discussing all the options available face-to-face you can be sure you’re giving yourself an improved chance of succeeding. So arrange to see your healthcare professional or local NHS Stop Smoking Service. It could set the wheels in motion for quitting smoking. What you may want to consider:
  • What are all of the treatments and options available to me?
  • What withdrawal symptoms may I experience?
  • What should I do if I slip up and have a cigarette?

Remind yourself of all the gains you make after stopping smoking:

  • After 2 days, nicotine is totally eliminated from the body. Your senses of taste and smell improve.
  • After 3 days, your breathing becomes easier as the airways begin to relax.
  • After 2 – 4 weeks, your circulation improves and you can walk and run more easily.
  • After 3 – 9 months, your lung function improves by up to 10 %, thereby reducing coughs and breathing problems.
  • After 1 – 3 years, your risk of having a heart attack is halved.

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