Forth Valley Residents Are Urged To ‘Quit Your Way’ On No Smoking Day
ASH Scotland is urging Forth Valley residents to consider making a personal plan on national No Smoking Day today (Wednesday 9th March 2022) to give up smoking to help improve both their mental and physical health.
The charity’s call, which is backed by NHS Forth Valley, is encouraging people to ‘Quit Your Way’ using methods which are best-suited to their individual circumstances by seeking advice and support from NHS Forth Valley’s local stop smoking team, local pharmacies or the national Quit Your Way Scotland service run by NHS 24.
Although the smoking rate in the NHS Forth Valley area dropped to 20% in 2018, more progress is required if the Scottish Government’s ambitious target of reducing the rate to five per cent or less by 2034 is to be met.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Nicotine is highly addictive and, although it can take a number of attempts to quit, some people find giving up cigarettes or tobacco easier than they had thought. For others, it takes a number of attempts, and it is worth trying again.
“Quitting smoking can improve your mental health and, within a year of stopping, the risk of coronary heart disease reduces by half compared to someone who smokes.
“Quit Your Way Scotland, local stop smoking services and pharmacies provide free support which can help you to develop a personalised plan and, on No Smoking Day, we are encouraging people across Forth Valley to begin taking vital steps towards a much healthier future by stopping smoking for good.”
Hazel Cunningham, Health Promotion Officer, NHS Forth Valley, said: “Forth Valley Quit Your Way Stop Smoking Service is free and easy to access for people who want to give up smoking. Our friendly advisors support and encourage you, and you are 3 – 4 times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking with the right support. Benefits are almost immediate and your overall physical, mental and financial health will improve.”
You can contact NHS Forth Valley’s local stop smoking team on 01786 433293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – just leave your name and a contact number and someone will get back to you.
Alternatively, call the national Quit Your Way free helpline on 0800 848484, visit www.quityourway.scot or speak to a local pharmacist.