Anyone who is still lighting up after this week’s National No Smoking Day is being urged: don’t give up on giving up.
Dr David Chilvers, GP and Clinical Chair at Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Many people may have used National No Smoking Day as a chance to put out the cigarettes, but for some, it may be more difficult than others. For anyone who is still smoking, I would say that they should never stop trying to stop – don’t be hard on yourself if you struggle to quit first or second time, because many people need several attempts before they finally get to be smoke free.
“Quitting smoking is not easy but it is hugely worthwhile for your health. No matter how many you smoke a day, or however long you have been smoking for, your health will improve almost immediately after you quit. Which also means that your ability to join in with more activities, and to be more active, increases quickly as well.
“There is a huge amount of support available locally, talk to your practice about getting in touch with a local service which can help you”.
Smoking rates both locally and nationally have fallen hugely over recent years, and now only about 15% of adults tend to be cigarette smokers. However, it is still hugely important to see those numbers fall further – giving up smoking is the one single most important thing anyone can do to improve their health.
To find out more you can call Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044, visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/nhs-stop-smoking-services-help-you-quit/ or ask at your local GP practice.