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Wigan and Leigh smokers get ready for battle on National No Smoking Day
Monday 10th March, 2014

Smokers in Wigan Borough are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on National No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014.

Nationally one in five UK adults smoke and this includes 25% in Wigan Borough*, but studies show around two thirds of smokers want to quit

This year’s No Smoking Day has a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to win the fight against cigarettes. The campaign is being backed locally by the Stop Smoking Service in Wigan Borough which is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) in partnership with Wigan Council.

Stopping smoking is the single best thing anyone can do to improve their health – significantly reducing the risk of serious conditions such as lung cancer, COPD and heart disease. There are also financial benefits too. A 20 a day smoker could save up to £56 per week, £240 per month and a massive £2,920 per year.

The campaign will help smokers on the road to victory, providing information, support and encouragement to put together a personal battle plan so that they are in the best possible position to make a successful quit attempt on the day.

The Stop Smoking Team in Wigan and Leigh is also available to inspire quitters. Nicola Yates works for Bridgewater as the manager of the service. She said:

“No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.

“We know that quitting is challenging but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes.

“There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why Bridgewater’s Stop Smoking Team is spreading the word to smokers about the range of services and resources which are locally available to them in Wigan and Leigh. Our activity is crucial to helping smokers on the road to victory and towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.”

Geoff Wilde from Leigh quit smoking in January 2013 with the help of the Stop Smoking Service. Since quitting Geoff has seen many benefits. He explains:

“I have been smoking heavily for 43 years. Nothing worked to help me stop until I came to the Stop Smoking Service. Although sceptical, I found it helped me cope with withdrawal from nicotine and the support from my advisor, Pauline, really helped. I now feel great, better and younger, how I did 10 years ago.”

The local NHS Stop Smoking Service is part of a network of organisations across the UK that manages local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Our ‘V for Victory’ message is set to inspire smokers to win the battle against cigarettes even if they’ve already attempted to quit in the past.

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 12 March in their diary to join hundreds of thousands of other quitters in attempting to stub out cigarettes for good.”

For more information and support to help you quit as well as an online forum where you can talk and get motivation and support from thousands of quitters, visit nosmokingday.org.uk.

To contact Wigan Borough’s Stop Smoking Service please visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/stopsmoking/ or call 01942 481712.

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