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Nottinghamshire smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day

Nottinghamshire health leaders are urging smokers to take the first step in quitting smoking for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on Wednesday 11 March.

Nearly one million people are expected to use No Smoking Day to quit this year. Studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit. Around one in six adults in Gedling smoke – amongst the lowest level across Nottinghamshire. However, with around 1,300 smoking related deaths across the county, health leaders are committed to reducing that level even further.

New Leaf – operated by City Care is a free stop smoking service for people in Nottinghamshire who want to give up. Text New to 80800 or call free from landlines on 0800 561 21. There are a range of flexible support options to suit everyone including clinics, telephone support, drop-in sessions and one-to-one support.

Health experts say the first day without cigarettes is often the hardest, but support is offered through a new, free One Day Quit tool, which delivers supportive e-mails and texts. Smokers are invited to sign up for the free NHS One Day Quit tool 

Dr Paul Oliver, clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East CCG, said: “ Smoking remains one of the biggest threats to individuals health and wellbeing and still costs the NHS more to treat than alcohol and obesity. The really encouraging news is that levels are starting to fall, and for those who are seasoned smokers it is never too late to give up. Within just a day the lungs start clearing out the build-up of tar and after three to nine months, the lungs will have room for up to 10% more oxygen. The long-term benefits include reduced heart and lung disease so it really is worth making the effort if you have the right support in place to do so.”

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. For more information about the No Smoking Day campaign, visit the website.

Smoking prevalence in Nottinghamshire

Prevalence 2012 (%) Prevalence 2013 (%)
Ashfield 23.9 21.6
Bassetlaw 19.5 22.5
Broxtowe 19.1 15.5
Gedling 14.9 14.9
Mansfield 26.3 25.8
N & S 18.3 17.6
Rushcliffe 14.6 11.3

Source: Integrated Household Survey 2012 (published in 2013) and 2013 (published in 2014)

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