No Smoking Day, the national day celebrating the success of people in Glasgow who have quit and encouraging those still smoking to give up for good, is running today.
This year, it is looking at the different ways people have given up smoking and how they can help motivate others to quit.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, our director of Public Health, said: “How you quit smoking is your choice, and different ways work for different people.
“It's all about finding what works best for you and National No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to share and celebrate successes.
“In 2017/18, more than 2,000 people used our Quit Your Way services to successfully stop smoking. People who have used the service are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement.
“This success is continuing with our latest figures showing we beat the three month target the Scottish Government set us of helping more than 400 smokers. Already in the first quarter of 2018/19 we have seen 422 smokers quit successfully.
“Looking beyond the numbers and percentages, you see the human stories involved. While we celebrate our achievement, we maintain our focus on providing high quality services that people want.
“I’d urge those in Glasgow looking to quit smoking to look at our service today – you don’t need to struggle on your own.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Some people just decide to quit and manage it straight off – and can be surprised to find it was easier than they thought. For others it can take a number of attempts to succeed, but each time they learn something about themselves and what helps or gets in the way.
“There’s free, expert advice from your pharmacy or Quit Your Way Scotland and you can get prescriptions for help if you need them. Just have a think, and talk to people, and pick your way to quit.
“No Smoking Day can be a helpful time to quit, along with many other smokers – let the people around you know that you've chosen to stop smoking and ask them to support and encourage you.”
All NHSGGC Quit Your Way services are completely free and offer:
Last year our health and well-being survey showed that only 20% of people in the area are now smokers. This represents a drop of 37% since 2008.
Despite the continuing drop in smoking rates, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland. Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million every year to treat smoking-related illnesses.
OurQuit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so. Half of smokers want to quit for good, while a third of deaths amongst those aged 35 to 69 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are caused by smoking.
NHS stop-smoking services are supporting No Smoking Day. If you want to quit, call Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 84 84 84 for free, expert advice and help, however you want it. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8AM to 10PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm or you can live chat on the Quit your Way Scotland website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/