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BE PROUD TO
QUIT SMOKING
Smokers are encouraged to be quitters on
“No Smoking Day” Wednesday, March 11
Smokers at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good this month.
No Smoking Day merged with the British Heart Foundation in 2011. The annual No Smoking Day campaign, which is now in its 32nd year, inspires and helps smokers who want to quit, and is supported by an alliance of UK health bodies and charities.
While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, according to the British Heart Foundation. The estimated Merseyside smoking prevalence statistics are:
Liverpool 23%, St Helens 20%, Knowsley 23%, Wirral 18% and Sefton 19%.
This year’s No Smoking Day theme is “Proud to be a Quitter”. In life we’re told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a “Quitter” is a good thing.
Our Service employees are being urged on No Smoking Day to make this the day you start to stop.
Paul Blanchard-Flett, Occupational Health Manager at our Service, said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to quit for good.
“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is part of a network of organisations across the UK that is encouraging people to participate in the No Smoking Day campaign.
“The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.”
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday, March 11, in their calendars and take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”
To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit
nosmokingday.org.uk
You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag
#NoSmokingDay
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