No Smoking Day

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No Smoking Day takes place on the second Wednesday of March, which this year falls on the 14th.

What is the aim of No Smoking Day?

No Smoking Day was created to try and help push smokers to quit cigarettes and start leading a smoke-free life. It can be hard to give up smoking as it is an extremely addictive habit. This is why smokers need as much help and support as possible. No Smoking Day helps facilitate this and can give smokers that extra push to “kick the habit”.

No Smoking Day helps cultivate a positive attitude around smoking cessation and gathers the national community together with the common aim of fighting smoking.

The dangers of smoking

Smoking is, quite possibly, the single worst thing you can do, when it comes to living a healthy life. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and illness in the UK with it being linked to over 50 different serious health conditions. With 100,000 people dying in the UK because of smoking, and much more living with debilitating, smoking-related conditions, it is so important that people give up.

The main health risks caused by smoking include:

  • Various cancers including in the lungs, mouth, throat, liver, stomach, and pancreas.
  • Heart disease
  • Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

If these health risks weren’t enough to put someone off smoking, smoking also exacerbates and prolong symptoms of common illnesses such as the common cold, asthma and respiratory tract infections.

What are the benefits of giving up smoking?

Below is an infographic that clearly lays out the health benefits of giving up smoking. Have a look at what you could achieve if you gave up smoking this No Smoking Day.No Smoking Day

Statistics on smoking in the UK

Just to hit home the scale and the danger of smoking in the UK currently, here are some statistics from the ‘Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)’ –

  • Currently, there are around 10 million people in Great Britain who smoke (a sixth of the population).
  • Surveys show two-thirds of current smokers want to give up smoking, but only 30-40% of them actually make an attempt to quit.
  • About half of all smokers will eventually be killed by their habit.
  • Every year around 100,000 people dies from smoking-related causes.
  • Smoking accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths, over one-quarter of cancer deaths and about one-seventh of cardiovascular disease deaths.
  • The government receives £9.5 Billion in tax revenue from tobacco sales, but only spend £87.7 million on services to help people give up and a further £58.1 million on stop smoking medication.
  • The total cost to the NHS is approximately £2 billion a year, and the cost to society per year is estimated to be around £13 billion.
  • The National Institue for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimates that for every £1 invested in tobacco control, £2.37 is saved on treating smoking-related diseases and lost productivity.
  • In 2015, the total household spend on cigarettes was estimated at £19.3bn.

As you can see there is still a huge way to go in the battle against smoking, with an unacceptable amount of people dying each year from the habit. However, on a brighter note, smoking rates have more than halved since 1974 and it is awareness days such as this No Smoking Day that help encourage people to start their journey to quit.

If you would like more information on the No Smoking Day please visit the No Smoking Day Website.


 

References

  1. https://nosmokingday.org.uk/im-supporting-people-quitting/
  2. http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_93.pdf
  3. http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_95.pdf
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2344.aspx?CategoryID=53
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