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Today is No Smoking Day

Posted by The Best of Health
Categories: Smoking Cessation / Health and Wellbeing /

Stop smoking sign on blue skyWhether you are a smoker who would like to cut down or quit smoking, or you are supporting a loved one in that position, the British Heart Foundation have designated today as No Smoking Day. Their website offers help, support and case studies to try to assist in this decision and provide suggestions and motivation to help you achieve your goal. You will find a link to their specially designated webpage at the end of this article.

Stopping smoking may be one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it is also one of the best. You don’t have to face the battle alone as there is a lot of free support which will boost your chance of quitting for good.

If you live in England you can sign up for the free support provided by NHS Smokefree.

One of the ways that is becoming increasingly popular in helping smokers is the use of e-cigarettes.

E Cigarette & cigarettes

New research from University College London has revealed that in 2015 over 1 million smokers used an e-cigarette in an attempt to quit smoking. Professor Robert Wise, Professor of Health Psychology at UCL and lead researcher, said:

“E-cigarettes have overtaken more traditional methods as the most widely used support for smokers wanting to quit. Their impact on public health at present comes from attracting people who would otherwise have tried to stop without any useful form of support. We estimate that e-cigarettes have probably helped around 20,000 smokers to quit each year, that wouldn’t have otherwise.

Dr Chris discusses E-Cigs on The Best Of Health

“We can do much better in encouraging more smokers to try to stop and ensure that they are well informed about the best ways of succeeding. The strongest evidence is for use of a prescription medicine plus specialist behavioural support but e-cigarettes can be helpful for smokers who do not want to use professional support.”

Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at BHF, said:

“Although e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking cigarettes, there is no doubt that more research is needed into the potential long term effects of the use of them. This unique study shines a light on just how popular e-cigarettes have become as an aid for smokers trying to quit and we need to listen to what is helping people the most on their path to a smoke free life.

“We already know that nearly one in five adults in the UK smokes, and it is essential that they are supported and informed on their journey to quitting for good. We’re asking smokers to use Wednesday 9 March to take the first step towards a smoke free life and join more than 600,000 others who will also be making a quit attempt on the day.”

For additional help and support please click on the link below to read about the British Heart Foundation’s campaign:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/health-at-work/blog/no-smoking-day

You can find out about the One Day Quit Tool developed by the NHS by clicking on the link below:

http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

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