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Smokers urged to use No Smoking Day as launchpad to quit

Health / Thu 12th Mar 2015 at 02:22pm

NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group urged smokers in Harlow to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on Wednesday’s No Smoking Day 2015.

Although studies show that two-thirds of smokers in the UK want to quit1, 27 percent of adults in Harlow continue to smoke.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme was ‘Proud to be a Quitter. In life we’re told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.

Help, advice and resources to help you quit are available across Harlow from pharmacists, supermarkets or by asking your GP about local support groups. You can also download a free stop smoking pack from https://quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk/.

Harlow GP and chair of West Essex CCG Dr Rob Gerlis 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 invite smokers in Harlow to quit for good.

“Not only is quitting a great way to improve your own wellbeing, you’ll also save money and reduce the risk of developing more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke or cancer.”
NHS West Essex CCG is part of a network of organisations across the UK backing British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) annual campaign encouraging hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day.

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

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