NO SMOKING DAY

NHS Lothian is lending its support for No Smoking Day by holding a number of local awareness-raising initiatives to provide help, support and advice to smokers across Lothian. These initiatives include an East Lothian Roadshow and a Stop Smoking Sensational Day in Livingston.

Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health, NHS Lothian said:

"These activities show NHS Lothian's determination to help people stop smoking - patients, public and staff; so that we can all enjoy better health.
"While most people understand the dangers associated with second-hand smoke, we know how difficult it is to stop. We offer people as much support as possible, as many times as necessary, to help them improve their own health and that of their families."

Helena Connelly, Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator, NHS Lothian said

"No Smoking Day is the ideal opportunity for people who are considering quitting to kick the habit.
"These initiatives are aimed at adults, young people and pregnant women across Lothian, in a bid to help smokers become more aware of the health risks of smoking and the advantages of stopping.
"NHS Lothian have a dedicated team of stop smoking advisers, who are available to help people to stop smoking. We tailor the support to meet the individual needs of the smoker as we are aware that you are four times more likely to succeed with support and advice from an NHS stop smoking service.
"All advice given is free and nicotine replacement therapy and other medication to help you quit are available on prescription."

Shona Robison, Public Health Minister, said:

"I realise that quitting is really tough, but you don't have to do it alone - there are smoking cessation services all over Scotland where smokers can get the advice, support and help they need to quit."

To find your nearest stop smoking cessation service call Smokeline on 0800 848484 or visit www.canstopsmoking.com or www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/YourHealth/healthylifestyle/Smoking/smoking_contact.asp

To sign up to The Great No Smoking Day Challenge visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk 

12/03/2008