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Solihull smokers urged to use No Smoking Day as time to quit

Smokers in Solihull are being urged by NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on 8 March 2017.

No Smoking Day is an ideal opportunity for smokers to make the pledge to give up cigarettes and to get help, support and expert advice to help them achieve their goal.

About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction. Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.

Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke. According to the Office for National Statistics*, 20% of men in England currently smoke and 17% of women smoke. Those aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to smoke but smoke the lowest amount per day at 9.6 cigarettes while smokers aged 50 to 59 smoke the most at 13.4 cigarettes a day.

Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up. There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and smokers in Solihull can benefit from the following local services: If you live, work or your GP is based in Solihull, please contact your FREE NHS stop smoking service on 0800 622 6968, text smokefree to 66777 or email contact.quit51@nhs.net

You can find out more about their services at www.quit51.co.uk

You can also call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.