Spring clean health and finances on National Stop Smoking dayPublished Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Rotherham Health experts are saying, ‘no ifs or butts’ and urging smokers to make the most of using 8th March, to spring clean their health and their finances.
Rotherham Council is urging local smokers to use National Stop smoking day as a platform to quit, as hundreds of lives are claimed by the habit each year in the borough.
As well as helping people to live longer, protecting loved ones from second-hand smoke, quitting smoking can actually help people feel physically fitter and save money.
Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor David Roche, said: “National No Smoking Day provides a great opportunity for those who want to stop smoking to get inspired. Quitting can be extremely challenging and we know that everyone has their own reasons for wanting to quit. It could be to get healthier and fitter, to ensure second hand smoke does not impact on pets and partners, friends and family, especially little ones, or to just stop your money going up in smoke!
“I want smokers to know that whatever motivates smokers to quit, help is available through Rotherham’s Yorkshire Smokefree service. They are three to four times more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking services such as Yorkshire Smokefree than willpower alone. I know how hard it can be as an ex-smoker myself.
"I would encourage anyone looking to quit to use this awareness day to spring into action to start their non-smoking journey.”
People who quit, quickly notice some really positive changes and are more likely to have more energy and breathe more easily as soon as they quit smoking.
Within 24 hours, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Within 48 hours, sense of taste and smell will pick up and within two to 12 weeks blood circulation will improve too.
Plus, not forgetting the cash incentive to stop smoking. A smoker who smokes 20 a day could save themselves £47 a week and about £2400 per year. So, for someone on average earnings (about £20,000 per year after tax), this could equate to a 12% pay rise.
Rotherham’s Yorkshire Smokefree stop smoking service gives seven weeks of free support and has helped 1638 smokers set a quit date since last April. 60% of these smokers quit at four weeks.
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable premature death across the UK and in Rotherham. The latest figures show adult smoking prevalence in England has declined and according to Public Health England’s annual population survey; the number of adults smoking in Rotherham dropped by nearly 5% between 2012 and 2015, and today 82% of adults in Rotherham are non-smokers.
Most smokers are entitled to free nicotine replacement products and therapies, as well as telephone support, face to face sessions, live chat and a unique online quit program.
For more information about Yorkshire Smokefree and to contact your nearest stop smoking advisor.