No Smoking Day 2015
Smokers in Barnet are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place tomorrow.
While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 15% in Barnet.
This year's No Smoking Day theme is 'Proud to be a quitter' and CLCH's Stop Smoking Service will be at Edgware Community Hospital, Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, Dennis Scott Mental Health Unit at Edgware and Edgware Broadwalk to help smokers make this the day they start to stop.
Hena Jamshed, Lifestyle Services Programme Manager at CLCH 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 Barnet to quit for good.
"With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. That is why CLCH's Stop Smoking Service will be out in force on No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them."
The campaign will be promoted from all the GP, pharmacy, health centres, leisure centres, libraries and children centres in Barnet. CLCH's Stop Smoking Service 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 11 March in their calendars and take the first step towards a smoke-free life."