NHSGGC urges smokers to “commit to quit” this World No Tobacco Day!
The World Health Organisation has launched a year-long global campaign for World No Tobacco Day (31st May 2021) urging smokers across the globe to “commit to quit” by pledging to become tobacco free. The campaign aims to empower 100 million tobacco users globally to make a quit attempt.
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 six of all deaths in Scotland for people aged 35 and over and is responsible for over 51,000 (32%) smoking-related hospital admissions each year.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Quitting tobacco has immediate and long-term health benefits and can also relieve some of the financial pressures on households. How you quit tobacco is your choice, different ways work for different people. It's all about finding what works best for you.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic our Quit Your Way stop smoking services have helped over 8,700 people make a quit attempt with 1 in 3 remaining smoke-free at 12 weeks".
If you’re thinking about stopping smoking our Quit Your Way services are there to help and support you. All of our services are completely free and offer:
To find out more about the stop smoking services and to access the best support to quit in your area call the Quit Your Way service on 0800 916 8858. Alternatively you can visit QuitYourWay.scot for more information including web chat. Service operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.