National No Smoking Day

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Sefton Council’s Public Health Team and its partners are supporting national No Smoking Day by encouraging residents to make the day their first step to Victory and quitting.

This Year’s theme for the 31st No Smoking Day is ‘V for Victory’. SUPPORT – Sefton’s local stop smoking service – are linking in with partners to help be victorious and win the war against cigarettes.

On Tuesday, March 11, SUPPORT will be in Netherton Feelgood Factory where free health checks for smokers will be offered along with advice.

On Wednesday, March 12 – No Smoking Day – SUPPORT is back in the Feelgood Factory where people can drop in and have a chat to help them quit cigarettes.

In Southport on Wednesday, March 12, people can look out for the Parenting 2000 bus as SUPPORT and the Brighter Living Partnership will be driving round encouraging people to think about stopping smoking.

On Thursday, March 14, SUPPORT is back on the bus in Southport spreading the V for Victory message and during Friday 15, they will be parenting with iVan, the cancer information van, in Maghull Square from 10am-1pm.

The week culminates in a grand finale when SUPPORT attend a health event organised by Healthy Sefton and Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo from 11am-2.30pm where free stop smoking advice is available along with a free mini massage. Residents can also try out Active Walk’s bicycle smoothie-maker, where people can cycle to make their own fruit smoothie.

Each year the campaign is entirely redesigned and re-launched, by the British Heart Foundation, with a fresh campaign theme. New ideas for the campaign are tested with smokers and organisers right across the UK, from different age ranges, ethnic groups and lifestyles, to make sure that the message appeals to everyone.

Cllr Paul Cummins Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “It’s great to see residents benefiting from initiatives we support and to see them helping others. No Smoking Day is a fantastic way to join others and be motivated to stop smoking.

“In Sefton remember you don’t have to do it alone there is free advice and help from SUPPORT which can be accessed by calling 0300 100 1000.”

Sefton’s Men’s Health Group at the Feelgood Factory, Netherton are helping raise awareness of No Smoking Day by talking to people about the health benefits of quitting when they go on their weekly walk across the borough.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health together with Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health joined the group to thank them for their commitment to improving Sefton’s health.

Brian Gray who leads the walks each week said; “Every week come rain or shine we get out in the fresh air and go walking in Sefton. As a men’s health group we all meet and talk which benefits our health and wellbeing.

“The great thing is that usually on our walks we are able to talk to others about the health benefits of physical activity, stop smoking and healthy eating.”

Stopping smoking benefits your health and wealth. Even after 24 hours of quitting your lungs start to clear and by two days nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste has improved. If you smoke 20 a day after quitting for a month you could save enough for a shopping spree or premiership football tickets, after three months you could afford two weeks in the sun, a new laptop or latest flat screen TV.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Councils’ Director of Public Health, added: ”Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of premature death and is linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions including heart disease and lung cancer.

“But the good news is that no matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, as soon as you quit the health benefits begin to build up.

“As quickly as 20 minutes after you quit your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. So why not join the thousands of people who have already been helped by SUPPORT – our local stop smoking service on 0300 100 1000 and use No Smoking Day to quit smoking for good.”

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