Bradford smokers urged to take part in No Smoking Day

Bradford smokers are being urged to be proud to be a quitter and to sign up to No Smoking Day on 9 March by public health officials.

The British Heart Foundation’s No Smoking Day returns for its 33rd annual campaign which is estimated to inspire over one million smokers to quit.

According to Public Health England, two thirds of smokers either want to quit or have previously made an attempt to quit smoking. 

Joanne Nykol., tobacco lead for Bradford Council’s public health department, said:

“Many smokers find quitting difficult and we know those who receive support are more likely to give up for good.

“No Smoking Day is a first step for many people, showing them that if they can do without cigarettes for one day, they can go on to make a quit attempt.

“Getting together at work and quitting as a group in your depot, workshop, factory or office can make your attempt easier.

“We are backing No Smoking Day as an initiative that reduces the number of people smoking in the district as we work towards creating a smoke free generation in the future.”

A spokesperson for the Bradford NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which run the Bradford Beating Diabetes and Bradford’s Healthy Hearts campaigns, said: “Smoking is a major risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.

“If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes. No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control. If you are a smoker with diabetes, quitting smoking will benefit your health right away – people with diabetes who quit have better control of their blood sugar levels.

“And giving up smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your heart health. That’s because people who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack as those who don’t smoke.”

There’s a free One Day Quit tool for no smoking day available online. You can also get support from Bradford’s stop smoking service on 01274 437700.

The latest figures show that just over one in five people in Bradford still smoke despite the habit killing one in every two regular smokers. Across the district, smoking causes around 800 smoking related deaths every year.