East Riding of Yorkshire Council is proud to support the thousands of smokers who this year will choose Wednesday, 13 March as the day they stop smoking; boldly beginning a life without cigarettes.
No Smoking Day initially started in 1983, when there were millions more smokers in the UK than there are today.
Smoking rates may be declining but around 10 million people in the UK still smoke, and around 100,000 die each year from smoking-related causes.
No Smoking Day is one of the most cost effective health interventions of its kind, and its success depends on each individual and the encouragement they receive to stub out their last cigarette.
Laurie Fergusson, public health lead for health improvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “In life we’re told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘quitter’ is a good thing.
“The day presents quitting smoking as something to be proud of, and ‘quitters’ as people to be admired.
“We know that stopping smoking isn’t easy, and that many smokers will have tried previously.
“No Smoking Day is a time when smokers who are planning to quit can feel solidarity and gain your support in their attempts to quit for good.
“We want No Smoking Day to be the day they start to stop.”
For more information on how to stop smoking visit www.readytostop.co.uk
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