Smoking increases the chance of getting dementia, as well as lung and heart diseases. Ahead of No Smoking Day on 8 March 2023, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance (TVCA) is encouraging smokers to pledge to quit and take back your health.
If you’re a smoker, now is the perfect time to give quitting a go and feel the benefits – from better lung, heart, and brain health, to saving money. Around 5.4 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the leading preventable cause of premature death.
There are so many reasons to quit – even if you’ve smoked for many years. Not everybody manages to quit first time, but each time you try is a stepping stone to success. It’s never too late to quit.
HISTORY OF No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.
Each year, the campaign is promoted with a theme in the form of a short phrase. An example of previous year’s themes has been “Break free”, encouraging smokers to break free from the chains of cigarettes and quit on No Smoking Day and “Time to quit?”. Research conducted by GfK NOP following the 2009 campaign found that 1 in 10 smokers quit on No Smoking Day.
The campaign was run by a charity of the same name, based in London with four full-time staff, until this was merged with the British Heart Foundation in 2011. It is funded by a coalition of governmental and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in health. No Smoking Day’s most recent President was entrepreneur, TV personality, and anti-tobacco campaigner Duncan Bannatyne OBE. Bannatyne is an ex-smoker who publicly took on British American Tobacco at its AGM in April 2008.
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