Today is No Smoking Day, which aims to help people quit smoking, and raise awareness of the health risk of smoking.
Did you know: every year, fewer young people start smoking. But those that start are at risk of serious health problems?
What are the risks of smoking?
Not only is smoking expensive, smoking can also lead to serious health problems, including: cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Smoking can also:
- Make your lungs weaker, harming your ability to breathe
- Reduce your sense of smell and taste
- Stain your teeth, hands and fingernails.
Take action: For tips, support and motivation to stop smoking, download the NHS Stop Smoking App.
What are the benefits of quitting?
There are lots of benefits of quitting smoking, including:
- Improving your health
- Saving you money
- Increasing your energy.
Did you know: living with other people who smoke makes it more likely you'll start smoking and harder to quit. If you live with other people who smoke, you might need to recognise this in your quit plan. Call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 to speak to a trained adviser.
How to quit smoking, step by step:
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but support is always available. Here's a 5 steps to help you quit for good:
- Decide to stop smoking and set a date.
- Get your support in place - tell supportive friends and family members.
- Get professional help .
- Calculate how much money you will save, and decide what you will spend it on.
- Stop smoking and stick to your plan!
Find out more information, tips and support on how to quit smoking.
Smokefree Oxfordshire 2025
Oxfordshire's Councils are joining forces with the NHS and the Oxfordshire Tobacco Alliance Strategy 2020-25 to help make Oxfordshire the first ‘smoke free’ county in England. You can find out what this means, have your say and do your bit tyo help make Oxfordshire smoke-free by filling in the online survey.