No Smoking Day, 9th March 2022
No Smoking Day is held annually on the second Wednesday of March. The day is highlighted as a time to reach out to friends or family members who suffer from nicotine addiction and encourage them to quit.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and illness worldwide. Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions that can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health and even death. You can become ill if you smoke yourself or through other people’s smoke (passive smoking or secondhand smoke).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
⦁ tobacco kills up to half of its users, with more than 8 million people dying each year
⦁ More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 1.2 million deaths are the result of exposure to second-hand smoke.
No matter how many times you have tried before, it is still possible to quit smoking for good. Studies show that you are four times more likely to quit for good if you use a combination of stop smoking treatment and support from a dedicated stop smoking practitioner.
At the GHA free stop smoking service, a health practitioner who will:
⦁ talk through all the options available to you
⦁ help you plan to stop in a way that suits you
⦁ offer support and encourage you on your smoke cessation journey
Read more HERE.