In 2013, Wednesday 13th March is No Smoking Day in the UK.
This year the theme, Swap Fags for Swag, is all about what smokers will gain when they quit – as well as improved health, they’ll have extra cash to spend on whatever they like!
Stopping smoking now could be like giving yourself a hefty pay rise – and it’s one benefit you’ll feel straight away.
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If you would like local help to quit smoking, there are several options open to you.
You can choose to self-refer to the NHS Stop Smoking Service by phoning the number for the South Central area: 0131 536 9759 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm – answering service available out of hours).
The service itself offers several ways to help you stop smoking, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your lifestyle. These include one-to-one support, group support, self-help, NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), or prescribed medication.
There is a separate number for pregnant women who would like help to stop: 0131 672 9533, young people who want to stop can text ‘Stop Smoking’ to 07969 530266, and members of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender community throughout Lothian can call 0131 558 9444
You can phone the practice on 0131 228 6081 to make an appointment with one of our practice nurses, who will be able to explain the various stop smoking options to you, as well as offer you motivational support and encouragement. Or if you prefer, you can also speak to your usual GP.
Support is also available from some community pharmacists, who can provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy as well as one-to-one support sessions to help you quit. The list of participating pharmacies in the South Central area is available here.
Our Smoking Cessation advice page goes through many of the benefits of going smoke free, but there are also several other websites online that can help you find what support is available in your area, as well as find useful hints, advice and tools to help you quit, such as at www.canstopsmoking.com.
It’s never too late to give up smoking, and the support is out there to help you once you’ve made that first step in deciding to quit.
If you would like to update the practice on your current smoking status, you can fill out our web form here.
No Smoking Day merged with the British Heart Foundation in 2011. The annual No Smoking Day campaign, which is now in its 30th year, inspires and helps smokers who want to quit, and is supported by an alliance of UK health bodies and charities. For more information about the No Smoking Day campaign visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk or for more on the BHF visit www.bhf.org.uk
Smokers can visit www.WeQuit.co.uk, an online hub full of information and tips on how to quit. It also includes a forum where people can chat with more than 15,000 other quitters about the issues they face.