Smokers are being urged to ditched the cigarettes.
Today (Wednesday, March 12) is No Smoking Day and cigarette fans can take an extra boost for their willpower with the knowledge that they will not be alone in taking up the challenge.
This year’s No Smoking Day has a ‘V for Victory’ theme, which aims to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to win the fight against cigarettes.
Central Beds Council’s Stop Smoking service will be on hand to help put smokers on the road to victory, providing information, support and encouragement to put together a personal battle plan so that they are in the best possible position to make a successful attempt to quit.
Councillor Andrew Turner, deputy executive member for social care, health and housing, said: “Stopping smoking is the first step to a longer and healthier life.
“I managed to quit three years ago after smoking for 40 years so if I can do it anyone can.
“I like having the extra pounds in my pocket and don’t run out of puff or cough like I used to – and my wife tells me that my clothes no longer pong either so she is happier too.
“I urge you to give it a go as well and see what a difference not smoking could mean for you.”
If you want to join the many smokers in Central Bedfordshire who in turn will be joining many others across the UK, you can quit for good with your free local Stop Smoking Service.
Call 0800 013 0553 and press 1 to get information about your nearest clinic and book an appointment. Specialist advisors will support you through your journey and help you to choose the best products to achieve this.
Those who stop smoking will gain health and financial benefits in next to no time including feeling fitter and having lots of energy to start a healthier lifestyle.
They will also save money. Giving up a 20-a-day habit is like having a £50 a week pay rise! Stop on No Smoking Day and by June you will have saved more than £500.
For pregnant smokers, stopping smoking as soon as possible is the most important thing they can do for their baby.
Young people can become easily addicted to tobacco – just one cigarette is enough to trigger a craving in some people. If you smoke, your children are far more likely to smoke as well so if you do give up it will benefit them as much as it will you.