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 Here comes No Smoking Day! Have you thought about giving up? 

 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 marks ‘No Smoking Day’, so right now is the perfect time for smokers across Lewisham to set their sights on quitting smoking. This year’s theme is 'V for Victory'. It embodies the spirit that for many people stopping smoking can be a hard won fight, and one that needs the right support.

Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to stop smoking. Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change. They may want to be healthier, get fit, or save money. For others, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends and especially their children. There are plenty of reasons to take up the fight, so find your motivation and set your strategy to see you through. Think about keeping reminders close by to help you when times get tough and your will power needs a boost.

Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair of Lewisham CCG, said: “We all know smoking is bad for you, but it’s important to remember how severe the impacts on your health can be. Did you know, smoking causes around 80 per cent of lung cancers in England and can cause cancer in the mouth, lips, throat as well as the bladder, kidney, liver and stomach? Smoking can damage the lungs by causing conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia. It also has damaging effects on the heart and blood circulation that may cause heart attacks, strokes , erection problems and damaged blood vessels.”

He added: “Any day is a good day to stop smoking, so why not put your best foot forward and take advantage of the extra resources and support that kicks off on No Smoking Day? There are NHS services and schemes across Lewisham set up just for you to give you the help you need to quit smoking for good. They are there all year round and can give you advice and support for people who want to stop smoking.”

People who use the local stop smoking services service are four times more likely to stay smoke free, so why not go along to a session for advice about how you can quit smoking once and for all? NHS Stop Smoking Advisors will be able to give you lots of tips on ways to stop the inevitable cravings and how to stay on track, with a personal 'quit plan' that is tailored to your needs.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust runs group and 1:1 stop smoking support sessions across Lewisham. Group sessions are held at Lewisham Hospital and run for 7 weeks. You can go to Lewisham Smokefree to see the next group start dates. If you would like to know more about the services available to you and how to get help go to the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust website or call 0800 0820 388.

You can also find more resources to help you quite on the British Heart Foundation website .

Support is there to help you quit. So remember - whether you’re thinking about quitting for you or your family – it’s never too late to stop smoking and there’s no better time than now!