Taking action on smoking and health
Aileen Campbell, Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, launched No Smoking Day (14 March) with a call for smokers and ex-smokers to “#TellUsYourWay” to kick the habit, as she visited Dears Pharmacy in Oxgangs, south Edinburgh, to talk to successful quitters.
No Smoking Day is the national day which celebrates the success of people who have stopped smoking, and encourages those still smoking to give up for good. This year, the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and health charity ASH Scotland are asking smokers to share their experiences on social media to help give others a boost to quit.
Aileen Campbell MSP said:
“If you smoke, the single most significant action you can take to improve your health is to quit. Every single smoker who tries to give up is making a positive choice for themselves, their families and their long-term health.
“We want Scotland to be smoke-free by 2034, and seven out of ten of the country’s smokers say they wish they didn’t smoke. But we know giving up isn’t easy and that many people have tried to quit before. That’s why, on this No Smoking Day we are urging people to try again and to use all the support, and advice available on the options and methods for giving up. Go along to your local pharmacy, GP clinic or NHS smoking cessation service, and find your way to quit.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“NHS Quit Your Way services give you the best chance to stop smoking, and they’ll work with you to find your way to quit. Everybody’s different – whether it’s chewing gum, group support, switching to e-cigarettes or something else, you can do it.
“Use our hashtag #TellUsYourWay to post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and make a statement about how you quit smoking or how you plan to. We want to hear your stories and pictures of how you quit – we’re looking to share your experiences and encourage others to quit their way.
“Stopping smoking isn’t always easy, but the good news is that there’s more free support available than ever. You can pop into a pharmacy for local, expert advice, or call Quit Your Way Scotland seven days a week for proven help to quit.”
NHS stop-smoking services are supporting No Smoking Day. If you want to quit, call Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 84 84 84 for free, expert advice and help, however you want it. Lines are open from 8AM to 10PM seven days a week.
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or email@example.com . Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
Notes for Editors
Aileen Campbell MSP visited Dears Pharmacy, Oxgangs Broadway, Edinburgh on 13 March 2018 to meet with quitters and the general manager of the pharmacy, Mahyar Nickkho-Amiry. She was accompanied by Sheila Duffy and met with quitters Jackie Gunn, Pamela Marsh and David Hogg.
High-res photos from the event are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0g0otmyvs3m478l/AAD6__ZN02B9m-cH01_0iVyTa?dl=0
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