Knowsley smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day 2016

Published on: Tuesday, 08-March-2016

Smokers in Knowsley are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday, 9 March.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit (1), nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including around 22% of all adults in Knowsley (2).

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

Smokers in Knowsley intending to make fresh start at quitting can contact Knowsley Stop Smoking Service to discuss your needs and you will work with specialist stop smoking advisors to set a quit date.  In addition, you are encouraged to tell family and friends you plan to quit to gain their support and help, the Stop Smoking Service advisors will help you plan and cope with the challenges whilst quitting and you should remove cigarettes and tobacco from your home, car and work.

Promotional events will take place on No Smoking Day at St Chads Health Centre in Kirkby 9am to 1pm, Huyton Village 1.30pm  to 5pm and Halewood Rose Heath Health Centre 9am to12pm.  Many Pharmacies in Knowsley also provide stop smoking services.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing 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 inspire smokers in Knowsley to quit for good.
With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. Our stop smoking is here to help you through a range of support and resources.”

Public Health in Knowsley supports the annual campaign run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday, 9 March in their calendars, and take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”

If you would like to quit smoking contact Knowsley Stop Smoking Service by calling 0800 3247111 or 0151 426 7462, visit the website www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk or visit your local pharmacy. Alternatively, visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.