Will No Smoking Day be the day YOU stop smoking?Published Friday, 8th March 2019
Rotherham smokers wishing to quit this No Smoking Day on Wednesday the 13th of March, can do so with the help of a free, local service.
This year’s theme for No Smoking Day is ‘today is the day’ and is encouraging potential quitters to make the 13th of March the day they either decide they want to quit or they actually stop smoking - and the campaign also encourages smokers to think about their own reason or reasons for stopping smoking.
Smokers in Rotherham can further increase their chances of quitting by accessing Get Healthy Rotherham’s free stop smoking service. The programme offers expert advice and support including free stop smoking medicines for people aged over 18 who live in Rotherham. Sessions are held in a range of venues across Rotherham, and telephone support is also available.
On No Smoking Day itself Get Healthy Rotherham will be at the main entrance in Rotherham Hospital from 10am - 2pm and staff will be on hand to explain more about the stop smoking programme, carry out free carbon monoxide (CO) readings and refer people to the service if they wish.
Get Healthy Rotherham Service Manager Jacqui Reddick said: “No Smoking Day is a brilliant opportunity for smokers to take that first step and make the decision to stop smoking. Evidence shows that people are four times more likely to successfully quit with the help of expert advice and stop smoking medications, both of which are available through our stop smoking programme. We encourage anyone in Rotherham thinking about quitting to either pop down to the event at Rotherham Hospital on 13th March or contact the service directly to get the right support they need.”
Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Care at Rotherham Council, and Chair of the Rotherham Tobacco Alliance, added: “In recent years the number of smokers in Rotherham has steadily decreased which is really good news for the borough and testimony to the fantastic range of support on offer to residents. No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to help decrease this number even further and quitters can benefit from the free local support available through Get Healthy Rotherham’s dedicated smoking cessation programme.”
Anyone interested in stopping smoking can contact Get Healthy Rotherham via www.gethealthyrotherham.co.uk or call 01709 718720 (lines open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 2pm every Saturday). To find out more about this year’s No Smoking Day visit www.todayistheday.co.uk