SMOKERS in South Derbyshire are being urged to prepare for battle and give up cigarettes forever as part of a national day of action to help people ‘kick the habit’.
New statistics released ahead of No Smoking Day showed that one in five adults in the area smoked but out of that number two thirds wanted to quit.
This comes at a time when the area is also seeing a surge in the number of young people taking up smoking, some as young as 15.
A new campaign is being launched next week that will provide information, support and encouragement so people can put together a personal battle plan that will enable smokers to be in the best possible position to make a successful attempt to quit.
Sheila Newport (pictured below), chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers in South Derbyshire to quit, alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.
“We know that quitting isn’t easy but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes.”
The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year.
Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said: “Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory.
“We’re encouraging smokers to stub out cigarettes for good.”
More information is available by visiting nosmokingday.org.uk