Smokers in across the UK are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014.
One in five UK adults smoke (1), but studies show around two thirds of smokers want to quit (2).
This year’s No Smoking Day has a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to win the fight against cigarettes.
The campaign will help smokers on the road to victory, providing information, support and encouragement to put together a personal battle plan so that they are in the best possible position to make a successful quit attempt on the day.
talkhealth will be running a #talkhealth Twitter chat on Wednesday 12 March from 12-1pm GMT to inspire quitters and send them on the road to victory.
Deborah, from talkhealth said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers all over the country to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.
“We know that quitting isn’t easy but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes.
“There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why talkhealth is spreading the word to smokers about the range of services and resources which are locally available to them. Our activity is crucial to helping smokers on the road to victory and towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.”
Our 12th March #talkhealth Twitter chat will provide the opportunity for everyone to join in the conversation about how to quit and share ideas and views with others. Find out more about how to join in this and any of our #talkhealth Twitter chats.
talkhealth 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 encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year.
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Our ‘V for Victory’ message is set to inspire smokers to win the battle against cigarettes even if they’ve already attempted to quit in the past.
“Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 12 March in their diary to join hundreds of thousands of other quitters in attempting to stub out cigarettes for good.”
For more information and support to help you quit as well as an online forum where you can talk and get motivation and support from thousands of quitters, visit nosmokingday.org.uk
1. BHF estimate based on latest health surveys. Nov 2013.
2. Statistics from ASH fact sheet. Facts at a glance – smoking statistics. Nov 2013.