NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging smokers across the area to join thousands of people all over the UK in pledging to stop smoking on this year’s national No Smoking Day.
Taking place on March 12th, the day is themed ‘V for Victory’, and local doctors are urging members of the public to commit to winning their battle against cigarettes.
People choose to give up for a variety of reasons, whether it is to get fit, to save money or to improve their health. For others, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them, or about giving up e-cigarettes so that they can become totally nicotine-free.
Many people attempt and fail to give up smoking long term. However you are four times more likely to quit for good with the help of NHS stop smoking services.
Almost as soon as a person quits the improvements upon their health begin. Just 24 hours after quitting the lungs begin to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. A year later after quitting and the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
Dr Pervez Muzaffar of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “Smoking does much more harm to the body than people think, the heart, lungs, brain and all other vital organs are affected. Lots of people underestimate the harms of smoking and the detrimental effect it has on their health until later in life.
“I would urge smokers to quit immediately; giving up smoking will dramatically improve your health. We know that the majority of smokers do want to stop smoking, but it can be extremely hard to do without the right help and support. There is a range of excellent NHS support to help you win your battle and give up smoking for good.”
One to one appointments, walk in clinics and group sessions are just some of the options available as well as telephone and text support.
To find your nearest stop smoking service visit www.nhs.uk/Service-Search.
You can also access lots more motivational help and advice by visiting:www.nosmokingday.org.uk.