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Stop Smoking Day

March 10

What is No Smoking Day?

An annual awareness day in the UK, No Smoking Day was founded by a charity of the same name and first took place on Ash Wednesday in 1984. The date was then changed to the second Wednesday in March.

The purpose of No Smoking Day is to campaign for greater awareness about the health dangers associated with smoking.

The No Smoking Day charity was merged with the British Heart Foundation in 2011. It is now a mix of voluntary and governmental sector organisations.

How is No Smoking Day celebrated?

Each year, different themes are chosen to represent the aim of that year’s campaign – in 2010, for example, the theme that was chosen was ‘Break Free’.

Special messages, adverts and promotions are prepared in order to remind smokers and non-smokers to kickstart or remain on their quitting regime.

Throughout its years of running, No Smoking Day has seen some great results, with research showing that in 2009, 1 in 10 smokers quit on No Smoking Day that year.

What are the dangers of smoking?

Smoking is a habit that is dangerous not just for the smoker but also for the people around them.

As well as boosting chances of harmful health afflictions such as many different types of cancer and heart disease, smoking cigarettes is addictive and will always prove financially detrimental in the short and long-term.

It is thought that 1 in every 2 smokers will die of a smoking-related disease.

 

Organiser

NHS – (Public Health England)