Thousands of smokers in Swindon are being encouraged to ‘swap fags for swag’ and consider the financial benefits of quitting, this month on the 30th anniversary of No Smoking Day.
Nearly one in six UK adults smoke, including over 21% per cent in Swindon. But UK figures show two thirds want to quit.
This year smokers are being encouraged to focus on what they could afford to buy if they were to quit for a day (saving £7), a week (£49), a month (£210) and a year (£2,555).
Stop Smoking advice on offer
Swindon Stop Smoking Service, supported by Swindon Smokefree Alliance will be at Swindon Bus Station and outside ASDA Walmart, offering Stop Smoking advice and support to help smokers ditch the cigarettes for good on Wednesday 13 March – No Smoking Day.
No Smoking Day 2013 was officially launched on Wednesday 27 February giving smokers two weeks to get ready to quit on No Smoking Day, Wednesday 13 March 2013.
Cherry Jones, Deputy Director of Public Health 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.
Work towards a goal
“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.
“No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for people to join hundreds of other smokers in Swindon attempting to quit on the same day. It is important that people know that there’s lots of help and support available to them through their local Swindon Stop Smoking service to help many make their first steps towards a healthier and wealthier, smokefree life.”
People can access the stop smoking service at a venue most convenient to them, their GP, their local pharmacy or call the service on 0800 389 2229 to find out where they can go. The service can help people get their nicotine patches or stop smoking medications on prescription.
No Smoking Day materials will also be available from display stands in the Swindon Borough Council One Stop Shop reception and in the Civic Offices.
Swindon Stop Smoking Service and Swindon Smokefree Alliance are part of a network of organisations across the UK that manage local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.
BHF help 760,000 people quit smoking
The annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation, is now in its 30th year and helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking last year and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.
For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit www.wequit.co.uk