Never a better time to give up smoking
Health campaigners are encouraging smokers to quit as part of national No Smoking Day.
Today, 10 March, ASH Scotland is taking the opportunity to celebrate the many people who have successfully quit smoking during lockdown by sharing their stories on social media and encouraging those wishing to stop, to get in touch with Quit You Way Scotland for help and support.
While many people have made the decision to quit smoking during lockdown, some people have found themselves smoking more than they normally would.
In fact, a recent Scottish Government survey found that more than a third (36%) of people who smoke report smoking more during lockdown – with just 8% saying they are smoking less.
Smoking remains the single biggest cause of preventable ill-health and death in Scotland. Quitting smoking is one of the best things someone can do for their physical health but it also improves mental well-being.
Commenting on No Smoking Day 2021, ASH Scotland chief executive Sheila Duffy said: “This past year has been challenging for everyone and people are coping as best they can. For some people, that means smoking more than they normally would, which could be adding to their stress.
“We know that quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your physical health but it also improves your mental wellbeing. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, No Smoking Day might just be the perfect excuse. With the help of smoking cessation services, many people have stopped smoking since the start of the pandemic and you can too.”