1.25 million lives could be saved if smokers quit for good

1.25 million lives could be saved if smokers quit for good

Figures released today, No Smoking Day, reveal that one in five smokers (20 per cent) say that they will try to, or definitely stop smoking when the UK goes completely smokefree from July 1st. If every smoker who stopped was successful the number of lives saved would be 1.25 million. That’s equivalent to nobody dying in England and Wales for 2 years!

No Smoking Day, the charity behind today’s campaign commissioned a YouGov survey on public awareness of the incoming ban on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. The survey showed that 20 per cent of smokers plan to make a quit attempt as England goes smokefree.

Ben Youdan, Chief Executive of No Smoking Day, which runs the annual health awareness campaign said: ‘”No Smoking Day is the ideal opportunity to stop smoking before Smokefree comes into place this summer. More than two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit smoking and should seek advice and support from stop smoking services to do that.

“This could be one of the biggest changes in public health in decades and we need to be ready to give all these smokers the help and support they need to quit. This year £56 million has been spent on NHS stop smoking services who are expecting their busiest ever year.”

It’s not just the NHS preparing to help smokers; employers up and down the UK are gearing up for smokefree legislation by helping their staff and customers to stop smoking. No Smoking Day has had unprecedented demand from big companies wanting to help their employees to stop smoking.

Smokers who want to quit smoking should seek help from local NHS stop smoking services – those who use stop smoking services are four times more likely to succeed in their quit attempt.

Today, local organisers all around the UK will be promoting No Smoking Day and will be available in local supermarkets, shopping malls and other local spots to provide help and support to those considering quitting smoking.

To find a local stop smoking service log onto www.nosmokingday.org.uk or call 0800 169 0 169.

For further information, contact Vishnee Sauntoo or Ben Youdan on 0870 770 7909 or email: vishnee@nosmokingday.org.uk

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