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National No Smoking Day – it’s never too late to quit smoking

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is encouraging smokers in the borough to give up smoking this No Smoking Day (13 March) and remember its never too late to quit!

Smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of death in England – estimated to account for 64,000 deaths annually.

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do not just for your own health, but also for your family.  It’s never too late to quit smoking. When you stop smoking, there are almost immediate improvements to your health. Straight away your body will begin to repair itself. After 8 hours your oxygen levels will return to normal, after a further two days your lungs will start clearing out smoking debris, after three days breathing will become easier, and within weeks your heart attack risk begins to drop.

Smokers are at an increased risk of diseases, such as diabetes, heart attack, emphysema, bronchitis and stroke. Research released last year also identified smoking as one of twelve risk factors associated with an increased risk of dementia.

Support to help you quit

Getting expert support from your local stop smoking services means you’re three times as likely to quit for good.

Smokefree Knowsley, Knowsley’s stop smoking service, offers specialist support for Knowsley residents to quit smoking, including those who are pregnant.

During March, the team’s friendly advisors will be providing support and advice to anyone wanting to quit smoking:

Wednesday 6 March from 1pm – 3.30pm

Huyton Town Centre – Derby Road, Huyton, L36 9UL (outside of Home Bargains)

Whiston Hospital foyer – Warrington Rd, Rainhill, Prescot L35 5DR

No Smoking Day 13 March from 1pm-4pm

Huyton Town Centre – Derby Road, Huyton, L36 9UL (outside of Home Bargains)

Tesco Prescot – Cables Retail Park, Steley Way, Prescot L34 5NQ

You can also find out more about services available, or access support from Knowsley Stop Smoking Service by calling 0151 426 7462, texting quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visiting the website: www.smokefreeknowsley.org.uk

If you prefer you can use your local pharmacy stop smoking services. Please contact your local pharmacy for more information.

For support, advice and free tools to quit smoking from Knowsley Stop Smoking Service call 0151 426 7462, text quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visit the website: www.smokefreeknowsley.org.uk