Smokers in Cambridgeshire are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day taking place on Wednesday 9 March.
Around 15.5 per cent of people smoke in Cambridgeshire and while the rates across the county are lower than the national average, the percentage of routine and manual workers who smoke is much higher at 28 per cent. However, studies show that two thirds of smokers want to quit.
This year's No Smoking Day theme is "˜Proud to be a Quitter'. In life we're told never to give up "“ but when it comes to smoking, being a "˜Quitter' is a good thing as there are many life-changing benefits of quitting.
CAMQUIT, Cambridgeshire's Stop Smoking Service, will be visiting local hospitals, schools and various community venues on No Smoking Day to help smokers make this the day they start to stop. Inspirational stories of ex-smokers will be used to highlight the life-changing benefits of quitting.
Claire Mead, Cambridgeshire County Council's CAMQUIT Service Co-Ordinator said: "We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Cambridgeshire to quit for good.
"CAMQUIT will be out in force on No Smoking Day, informing smokers about the range of local services that can help them quit. We know that with support, smokers are more likely to succeed."
A network of organisations from across England, that includes CAMQUIT, undertake local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.
The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: "Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that's why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We're encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 9 March in their calendars, and take the first step towards a smoke-free life."
To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.