It’s national no smoking day on Wednesday 11 March and smokers in Doncaster are being urged to think about the benefits of stopping smoking for good.
If you or someone you know smoke, you’ll know that it can be a very difficult thing to think about stopping. Cigarettes are highly addictive and harmful to the person who smokes then as well as the people around them.
However, there is help and support available to help stop smoking. The easiest way to get involved in national No Smoking Day if you are a smoker is to take the opportunity to quit. It may not be easy but it is clearly worth it as you will improve your health within hours and days of stopping.
There are multiple options available and you don’t have to do this alone. Yorkshire Smoke Free service has helped people in Doncaster to stop smoking for the last 20 years. There’s a range of stories to show how in reality, it can be an easy thing to do.
A significant problem with smoking is the increased likelihood of developing lung cancer. It can also have negative impacts on existing health conditions such as asthma and COPD.
From April 2020, people in Doncaster aged from 55 to 74 years and 364 days will be invited to a free lung health check, set to help diagnose and treat lung cancer earlier, as well as help identify other health issues like asthma and high blood pressure. This is just one of the programmes being put in place to try and help identify cancer earlier, in line with a number of ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and regionally in the newly published South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System Five Year Plan.
Dr Marco Pieri, local GP and Cancer Lead at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Smoking causes horrible damage to your body and people around you. As soon as you stop smoking, you’ll start to feel the health benefits after 20 minutes and after 10 years your risk of a heart attack will fall to that of a non-smoker.
“Smoking also costs a lot of money. Buying a couple of packs of cigarettes a week might not seem like much but over a year this can easily add up to over £1,000.
“The benefits of stopping smoking are huge and I would encourage all people who smoke to think about why you should quit – the benefits to your health and emotional wellbeing are huge.”
Further information about NHS Smoke Free services.