National No Smoking Day is on Wednesday, March 13, and this year the theme is Swap your Fags for Swag.
Since its launch in 1984, No Smoking Day has helped more than 1.5m people quit the habit and smokers are being asked to focus on what they could spend their money on, such as a holiday, if they packed it up.
There’s even an online game at http://www.wequit.co.uk/ where people can calculate their savings.
In Northamptonshire, the Stop Smoking Team supports people to quit including both members of the public and healthcare professionals.
As part of this year’s No Smoking Day campaign Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be encouraging employees to quit smoking by providing a free week’s supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy patches.
A number of events are also taking place to support staff across the county on No Smoking Day itself.
Trust chairman Paul Bertin said: “While the dangers of smoking are well-known, taking a small step to stopping can lead to a real breakthrough in the current and future health of the individual and their family. I hope that the joint endeavours of occupational health and the Stop Smoking Service will be fully utilised by as many staff as possible.”
The Stop Smoking team offers group, one-to-one and evening sessions.
It also provides training for GP practices, pharmacies and community midwives to enable them to help people quit smoking.
The service has links with local hospitals to ensure that smokers who are admitted are supported to stop and it helps workplace representatives to ensure that smokers are supported.
For more information or help quitting, call the Stop Smoking Service on 0845 601 3116.