We’re supporting smokers to kick the habit this No Smoking Day

Published: 10 March 2021 to 31 December 2098

While it may feel like there’s not much we can control at the moment, one way you can take control back is by seizing the moment this No Smoking Day and kicking the habit for good.

This year, No Smoking Day was on Wednesday 10th March, with a focus on quitting smoking to support your mental wellbeing.

The last year has been difficult for many, with stress and concern surrounding our health being on the rise. For someone who smokes, the pandemic has likely been a provoking concern, and one which has encouraged people to think about their lifestyle more than ever.

The chances of a smoker successfully quitting right now are as high as they have ever been. However, we’re acutely aware of how smoking can also be used as a coping mechanism during stressful periods and times of mental distress.

This No Smoking Day, our Your Health team is taking the opportunity to remind people of the positives of quitting smoking, and how this can make you feel less stressed over time.

Stopping smoking has been evidenced to improve your mental health, including a reduction in symptoms associated with depression and anxiety, and improved mood and quality of life.

Natalie Belt, YOURhealth East Riding Stop Smoking Service Manager at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Stopping smoking can be hard and the withdrawal symptoms can often impact on how we feel. This includes increased frustration, irritability and a heightened sense of depression. However, quitters can take comfort knowing that research has shown that these symptoms rarely last longer than 2-4 weeks.

With the help of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, these symptoms can be felt far less and for an even shorter period of time. By breaking the cycle of nicotine dependence, you really are back in control. It is incredibly powerful for your mental wellbeing in the long term.”

Why not make a change?

Feel in control of your wellbeing by accessing free support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy at your local YOURhealth service.

Text QUIT to 60163

Call: 0800 9177752

Email: hnf-tr.healthtrainers@nhs.net

Website: www.nhs-health-trainers.co.uk

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