Woking smokers urged to stub it out for No Smoking Day

07 March 2014

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Smokers in Woking are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014.

It is estimated that nearly one in five UK adults smoke, including sixteen percent in Woking, while figures suggest that two thirds of smokers want to quit.

This year's No Smoking Day has a `V for Victory' theme and information on how you can quit will be available at Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Library and Woking Borough Council's Civic Offices on No Smoking Day, to inspire quitters and send them on the road to victory.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: "No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to encourage and support smokers in Woking to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK. Quitting isn't easy but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them.

"There's a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why Woking Borough Council is spreading the word to smokers about the range of services and resources which are locally available to them."

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Our `V for Victory' message is set to inspire smokers to win the battle against cigarettes even if they've already attempted to quit in the past.

"Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory. We're encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 12 March in their diary to join hundreds of thousands of other quitters in attempting to stub out cigarettes for good."

If you plan to quit, why not follow @wokingcouncil and let us know what you'll be doing, using #nosmokingwoking

For further information on the benefits of quitting, visit www.woking.gov.uk/nosmokingday or alternatively visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk