No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first ‘No Smoking Day’ was held on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and now takes place on the second Wednesday in March each year.
If you, or someone you know smokes cigarettes, you know that it is a very difficult thing to deal with. It is well documented how highly addictive and harmful cigarettes are, not only to the person that smokes but also to the people around them. ‘No Smoking Day’ aims to reinforce this message, refocus our awareness to the dangers of smoking, and spotlight resources available to help people decide to try and quit.
Smoking continues to be the major cause of premature death and disease in England, causing 80,000 deaths each year. Around 8.5 million people in England smoke but two-thirds say they want to quit.
A NHS ‘Smokefree App’ developed by Public Health England (PHE) offers a four-week programme of daily support and motivation. The ‘App’ has a craving button with tips and content to distract you, as well as a calculator to keep track on how much money you are saving. It is suggested that if you stay smoke free for the four-week programme you’re up to five times more likely to quit for good.
Both the NHS Choices and the British Heart Foundation websites offer guidance, support and helpful tips to support you to ‘quit smoking successfully’.
BHF. (2018). 10 steps to stopping smoking. Available: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-magazine/wellbeing/stop-smoking/smoking-tips. Last accessed 15th Feb 2018.
NHS Choices. (2018). NHS Smokefree app. Available: https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/smokefree.aspx. Last accessed 15th Feb 2018.