What is No Smoking Day 2018?

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day which aims to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.

Each year, the campaign is promoted with a theme in the form of a short phrase. In 2010, this theme was “Break free”, encouraging smokers to break free from the chains of cigarettes and quit on No Smoking Day. The 2011 theme was “Time to quit?”. Research conducted by GfK NOP following the 2009 campaign found that 1 in 10 smokers quit on No Smoking Day. This year the theme is #TellUsYourWay which encourages people to share how they are going to quit smoking through social media as letting other people know your plans helps you commit to quitting and helps your friends and family support and motivate you.

More information on how to quit smoking and local support

If you want to take part in No Smoking Day 2018 in hope that it will lead to quitting smoking but are unsure of how to do this then you can visit NHS Choices for lots of useful information on how to take the first steps to quitting.

If you would like some telephone advice around No Smoking Day, how you can take part and how you can quit smoking you can speak to the Smokefree National Helpline on: 0300 123 1044. Alternatively the NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation, click here for more information.

If you feel like you would like some extra support to help you quit smoking and take part in No Smoking Day 2018 then there are local organisations who can help you to so this. If you live in Sunderland then your local service is Live Life Well and if you live in South Tyneside then it will be Change4Life South Tyneside who you will need to contact in your local area for support.