People in Peterborough are being urged to take the first steps to give up smoking with the help of No Smoking Day initiatives.
With national No Smoking Day on Wednesday March 8, smokers are being encouraged to quit with the support of Peterborough City Council’s specialist wellbeing advisors who’ll be at three smoke free roadshows.
Statistics prove you’re four times more likely to quit with specialist support and smoke free roadshows will take place outside:
Barclays Bank, Lincoln Road, Millfield – Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9
Town Hall, Bridge Street – Saturday March 11
In addition to these events, wellbeing advisors will be visiting workplaces and schools around Peterborough to promote No Smoking Day.
Councillor Diane Lamb, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for public health, said: “Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable early death in England. Stopping smoking might be a challenge, but the benefits to your health, purse and those around you will be worth it. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity for people to take action to protect their health and join thousands who are starting their quitting journey.”
Only about one in twenty unaided attempts to quit smoking result in smokers stopping for good. The best chance for quitting smoking in England is to use a local Stop Smoking Service, which offers behavioural support and medication which can improve your chances of kicking the habit.
On Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12, keep an eye out for an advertising campaign involving ‘look walkers’ wearing illuminated billboard backpacks in the city centre who’ll be chatting to smokers and referring them to local services.
No Smoking Day is also budget day and tobacco taxes are expected to rise. A 10 a day smoker who decides to quit completely could save themselves about £23.50 a week, or more than £1,200 a year. This is an opportunity for you to use the day as a chance to quit.
If you can’t visit a roadshow, you can talk to your GP or pharmacist who can refer you to a specialist stop smoking clinic.
There’s also the free Stop Smoking Service on 0800 376 56 55 where you can speak direct to a trained advisor.