National No Smoking Day

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HEALTH experts are urging smokers in Yorkshire and the Humber to contact their local NHS to get help to kick the habit.

Today (Wednesday) is national No Smoking Day and studies show people are four times more likely to successfully quit if they get help from NHS stop smoking services.

Smoking can lead to various diseases including lung cancer, oral cancer stomach cancer, pneumonia, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Director of public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, explained smoking was responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England.

And half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.

“Most smokers have tried to give up at some point and most will tell you that it isn’t easy,” added Mr Johnstone.

“However NHS stop smoking services in Yorkshire and the Humber region helped 18,155 people successfully give up between April and September last year, which shows with the right help and a bit of will power it can be done.”

For information about NHS Stop Smoking Services and to order free NHS Quit Kits visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call 0800 022 4 332.