South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South Gloucestershire Council are urging people who smoke to kick the habit as part of National No Smoking Day on 8 March.
Despite national and local decreases in smoking, it is estimated that around 26,000 adults in South Gloucestershire still smoke, spending a staggering £47 million on tobacco each year.
"If you smoke, the single best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Even if you have been smoking for many years, the health benefits will start as soon as you stop. With all the support available to help you stop smoking, there has never been a better time to kick the habit. So why not take up the challenge to improve your health and save some money on No Smoking Day?"
- Cllr Ben Stokes, South Gloucestershire Council’s Adults, Housing and Public Health lead member
"One in two people who smoke will die as a result of illnesses related to smoking and smoking is also associated with a number of conditions which can cause disability such coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and multiple types of cancer. People from deprived communities are more likely to smoke and this can have a disproportionate impact on their health and wellbeing."
- Dr Jon Evans, Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at South Gloucestershire CCG
For smokers who would like to quit, the NHS Smokefree website has wealth of resources to help you ditch cigarettes for good.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Smokefree service is also hosting group sessions as part of No Smoking Day to give you the chance to join other people trying to quit. You can contact the service by calling 01454 865 502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and booking an appointment.
Those who take up the challenge can also join in on Twitter using #NoSmokingDay.