Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014 on 1:20 pm

Kirklees residents unite to battle the urges on No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day Kirklees

(l-r) Health improvement practitioner Priti Gohil, ex-smoker Dinah Wylde, and smokefree homes coordinator Farai Chibanga

No Smoking Day Kirklees

(l-r) Ex-smoker Dinah Wylde and Cllr Jean Calvert, Cabinet member for health and well-being, sign messages of support

No Smoking Day Kirklees

Smokers who smoke 20 cigarettes a day for a year get the amount of tar (as shown in the jug) built up in their lungs

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Kirklees smokers have been encouraged to resist the urges and attempt to give up cigarettes for good as part of No Smoking Day taking place today.

At stalls located in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, members of the public have been adding messages of support for those attempting to quit smoking, as well as suggesting ways to quit that may help those who do.

Ex-smoker Dinah Wylde, who quit smoking for the sake of her young son ten years ago, was also present to offer her advice.

She recounted her experience, and said: “I won’t say it was easy, I had to change my journey to work after a few times so I didn’t miss the cigarette that I used to have on the way.

“I told friends who smoked not to offer me one and got the support of my husband who quit a few years earlier. As an ex-smoker, I wouldn’t go back and I am so so happy to be a quitter.”

Dr Judith Hooper, Director of Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers in Kirklees to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.

“We know that quitting isn’t easy and demands determination, but this campaign lets smokers know that they’re never alone. We want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes.”

Despite the number of smokers being halved since the first No Smoking Day in 1983, over 10 million people in the UK still smoke.

One of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, around 100,000 people die every year from smoking-related causes.

For information and support to help you quit as well as an online forum where you can talk, get motivation and support from thousands of quitters, please visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk.

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