Western Isles smokers urged to be quitters

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Smokers in the Western Isles are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 9 March.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter. In life we’re told never to give up – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.

Smokefree Hebrides will be available to offer advice and support on No Smoking Day to help smokers make this the day you start to stop.

Joanne O’Donnell (Smoking Cessation Coordinator) said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in the Western Isles to quit for good.

“With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. That is why Smokefree Hebrides will be out in force on No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.”

Smokefree Hebrides will have displays and advisors at various locations around the isles on the 9th/10thMarch.

Barra Children’s Centre 10.00 12.00 am 9th March;

South Uist Medical Practice 10.30 – 4.00 am 9th March;

Lionacleit School 10.30 – 11.30 am 9th March;

Uist CnES offices From 10.00 am (display only) 9th March;

Griminish Surgery From 10.00 am (display only) 9th March

Isle of Harris Marriage Room, CnES 09:00 -10:00 10th March

North Harris Medical Practice 10:00-16:30 10th March

Isle of Lewis Reception in CnES 09:30:10:30 9th March

Lews Castle College 10:30-11:30 9th March Isle of Lewis

Coop supermarket, Macaulay Road 12:00-14:00 9th March

Smokefree Hebrides is part of a network of organisations across the UK that manages local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day.

“We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 9 March in their calendars, and take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

For more information contact Smokefree Hebrides on 01851 701623 or smokefreehebrides@nhs.net