Cookstown smokers urged to stub it out

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British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are today urging Cookstown smokers to get the support of local stop smoking services to help them quit on this year’s No Smoking Day on 12th March.

The latest figures estimated that some 7,000 people in Cookstown smoke.

This year’s ‘V for Victory’ theme is set to inspire even more people to win the fight against cigarettes and quit for good on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The No Smoking Day

Coordinating Group, BHF Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, are encouraging people to use local support for their quit attempt.

Half of all long-term smokers die because of their addiction to tobacco, making this one of the most pressing health concerns in the area, according to the heart charity.

Research from stop smoking services shows that smokers are four times more likely to be effective in quitting if they use specialist stop smoking support and treatment.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland said: “Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. Stubbing the cigarettes out will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers and you’ll have more money to spend on things that you enjoy.

“We know that quitting isn’t easy but last year nearly a million smokers across the country used No Smoking Day to try and mark the start of their smoke free future. We’re encouraging people to get support from their local stop smoking service now and join forces with other would-be quitters across Northern Ireland on the 12th March, to win the battle with cigarettes once and for all.”

Smokers can visit an online hub full of information and tips on how to quit and a forum where people can chat with other quitters about the issues they face.