Salford has one of the highest smoking rate for adults in Greater Manchester.

The alarming fact about the region is one of the reasons why ‘No Smoking Day’ should be taken seriously by many.

The 11th March 2020 is acknowledged as ‘No Smoking Day’, a campaign that helps to raise awareness of the health issues associated with smoking, and hopes to kick the habit.

It has been organised every year since 1984 and has been run by the British Heart Foundation since 2011.

Each year the campaign hopes to get people to become smoke-free, which could be for many reasons. It could be to protect a loved one or to better their health.

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Smoking is linked to many health complications such as lung, bladder, throat and liver cancers, heart disease, COPD and stroke to name a few.

In Salford alone, just over 1 in 5 adults are smokers, which is higher than the national average of 15%.

In the UK and Ireland there are around 80,000 smoking related deaths a year, with the majority from some of the earlier mentioned diseases.

Another reason to kick the habit is the cost. If you are a 20-a-day smoker, then you would spend roughly £3,664 per year on cigarettes.

This doubles to £7,329 a year if you are a 40-a-day smoker.

If you are looking to quit smoking, these are a few things to consider:

Take a moment to think about why you are quitting – It could be for a variety of reasons.

Make an appointment with your GP – They will look into the best methods of quitting for you.

Focus on your own wellbeing – It isn’t easy quitting smoking, so make sure you put yourself first.

Steer clear of any possible triggers – This is where many smokers tend to give in.

For more information on how to quit smoking, click here to the NHS website for stop smoking plans, success stories and more.

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