Smokers across Teesside are being encouraged to swap fags for swag and consider the financial benefits of quitting this No Smoking Day – 13 March 2013.
Nearly one in six UK adults smoke but figures show around two thirds of them actually want to quit.
This year’s campaign marks the 30th anniversary of No Smoking Day and smokers are being encouraged to focus on the nice things they could afford to buy if they were to quit.
Figures show the average smoker could save £7 a day – that’s £2,555 a year!
The health improvement team from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be out and about across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland today to promote the campaign and offer help and advice to smokers who want to kick the habit.
Stop smoking teams will be at local colleges, The James Cook University Hospital and out and about on Redcar High Street on 13 March to encourage people to swap cigarettes for something nice this No Smoking Day.
Joan Chapman, manager of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland NHS Stop Smoking Service, said: “One of the biggest incentives for smokers to quit comes from considering the real amount of money they spend on cigarettes and thinking about what themselves and their family could afford if they were to give up for good.
“By tallying up the exact amount of money that could be saved, smokers can work towards an actual goal – be it a new pair of shoes, a family trip to the cinema or a dream holiday.
“Stopping smoking is the biggest single thing you can do to improve your health and the health of others around you who are exposed to second hand smoke.
“With the correct information and support, stopping smoking can be made easier…and that’s why we are here.”
Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland NHS Stop Smoking Service also has a specialist service just for expectant mums and their families.
“We can help you quit, giving you and your baby a fresh start,” said Joan. “The sooner you stop smoking the safer it is for both you and your baby.”
The annual Stop Smoking Day health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation, is now in its 30th year and last year helped more than 760,000 people quit.
For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit www.wequit.co.uk or call 01287 284487.
You can also find Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland NHS Stop Smoking Service on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @STeesSmokeFree
Top 10 tips for quitting
- Contact your local NHS Stop Smoking Service for practical help and advice from a trained specialist
- Plan ahead to help you cope with stressful situations
- Pick a quit date that will be stress-free and stick to it!
- Take it one day at a time and congratulate yourself every day
- Pair up with someone else who wants to stop so you can support each other
- Use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), bupropion (Zyban), or varenicline (Champix) to help you manage the cravings – these are available on prescription
- Remember there’s no such thing as having ‘just one’ cigarette
- At first avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke
- Keep track of the money you’re saving and treat yourself!
- Think positive – you can do it!