Smokers in Lancashire are being urged to make No Smoking Day (11 March) the day to start their smokefree journey by contacting the Quit Squad for support to quit smoking.
In Lancashire there are around 136,000 people still smoking, there is plenty of support if you want to quit, both in person and online.
Tracy Sutton from the Quit Squad at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: “Some health benefits of stopping smoking are immediate whilst others are longer-term, but what matters is that it's never too late to quit. Quitting smoking can feel like a big challenge but you don’t have to do it alone and together we can help you become smokefree.
“National No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for people to stop smoking and we are encouraging smokers to contact the service for free help and support as you are up to three times more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking products combined with our support, than if you try to quit on your own.”
No matter how long you have smoked for and no matter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, your health will start to improve as soon as you quit. In fact, 20 minutes after putting out your last cigarette, your pulse rate will return to normal. Research also shows that after one year smokefree, your risk of a heart attack halves and you are likely to feel happier.
There is also digital online support through the My Quit Route app which can be downloaded via the App store or from Google Play.
The Quit Squad is a service delivered by Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council. You can access the service in your local community by visiting a drop-in session (no appointment needed) or by attending one-to-one appointments. To register call 0800 3286297 or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk. You can find us at Twitter @lancsquitsquad Instagram @lancsquitsquad.