No Smoking Day 2016

4 March 2016

National No smoking day is on Wednesday 9 March 2016 - what better time to start to give up?

 

Stopping smoking might be one of the hardest things you'll ever do but benefits to your health, your purse and those around you will be great. Start to give up on Wednesday 9 March, national No Smoking Day.

 

If you smoke, giving up is the biggest single thing you can do to improve your health and it can, quite literally, add years onto how long you live.

 

Smoking affects the whole body from your head to your toes. Not only increasing your risk of a number of cancers including lung, throat, stomach and mouth but also increased risk of heart attack or stoke. Smoking can also lead to foul smelling hair, stained teeth and tooth loss, premature aging of the skin, impotence, reduced sperm count and other fertility problems.

 

With our help you are four times more likely to succeed in quitting. More and more people are giving up - last year, Brent supported over 2000 smokers to quit.

 

Brent offers up to 12-weeks of free support for would-be quitters, which includes regular clinics and free or affordable medication at various locations in the borough.

 

To access this service your GP can refer you, or you can contact: T: 020 8795 6669 Email: stopsmoking@brent.gov.uk to find out more.

 

Smoking facts:

  • 80,000 smoking related deaths per year in the UK
  • 4.9 million smoking-related deaths per year in the world
  • Main causes of death are lung cancer, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Cigarettes contain over 4,000 different chemicals
  • A 20 per day smoker spends on average £3000 per year

What's in a cigarette?

  • Acetone widely used as a solvent, for example in nail polish remover
  • Ammonia found in cleaning fluids
  • Arsenic a deadly poison, used in insecticides
  • Benzene used as a solvent in fuel and chemical production
  • Cadmium a highly poisonous metal used in batteries
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) an odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas; makes breathing more difficult as it combines with the blood that carries oxygen around the body. Up to 15 per cent of a smoker's blood may be carrying CO instead of oxygen, making the heart work harder, and potentially leading to coronary heart disease and circulation problems.
  • Cyanide a deadly poison
  • Formaldehyde used to preserve dead bodies
  • Tar a mixture of chemicals (including formaldehyde, arsenic and cyanide). About 70 per cent of the tar is left in smokers' lungs, causing a range of serious lung conditions