Today on ‘No Smoking Day’, Wakefield Council are encouraging smokers to give quitting another go

Today is No Smoking Day and Wakefield Council are partnering with Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield, and other partners across the district, to ask smokers not to give up on giving up.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

The national ‘Today is the day’ campaign spreads the message that there is no better day than today to say goodbye to smoking for good. The campaign is backed by a series of powerful new films from those working in the NHS which offer advice to people on the importance of stopping smoking. It can sometimes take smokers several attempts to become a forever ‘ex-smoker’.   

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “You might have tried to quit before, but no attempt is wasted. Every time you try to stop smoking, you are a step closer to success. You may find that you’re able to go longer without a cigarette or find healthier coping techniques until eventually you quit for good.”

Smoking can increase the risk of developing illness including diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke. Each year, around a fifth of deaths in the Wakefield district and 4,700 hospital admissions are linked to smoking.

Anna Hartley

Quitting allows the body to repair itself and has a positive impact on both health and well-being. In addition to saving money and helping to protect others from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, the health benefits for anyone stopping can be felt almost immediately. 

Anna Hartley, Wakefield’s Director of Public Health, said: “You are three times more likely to quit with support and our friendly and flexible Smokefree Service has helped thousands of people across our district. They offer support tailored to your needs which includes telephone, online and face to face help. 

“So why not join others across our district and make today the day to quit.”

Contact local stop smoking services by searching Smokefree Wakefield or calling free from a landline 0800 612 0011 or free from most mobiles 0330 660 1166.

Or visit www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/ to find out where to access the latest quitting aids, apps, and information.