Dr Charles West supports No Smoking Day in Shrewsbury

Local GP and prospective parliamentary candidate Dr Charles West will be encouraging smokers in Shrewsbury to break free and kick the habit for No Smoking Day (10th March).  Now in its 27th year, No Smoking Day encourages smokers to quit smoking, save thousands of pounds and take the opportunity to find out about the support available.

Dr West supported this year’s No Smoking Day campaign, saying: “No Smoking Day is a brilliant campaign to help and support smokers who want to stop smoking.  I’d like to encourage smokers in Shrewsbury to break free on No Smoking Day and give up cigarettes for good!  As a doctor, I know all too well the effects on health which smoking can have. In the current economic climate, it also makes financial sense.  If you stop smoking today, within a month you could be £180 better off.

“For help and advice on how to stop smoking and increase your chances of success by up to four times, contact the Help 2 Quit office on 01743 366940 or via email to h2q@shropshirepct.nhs.uk.”

Thousands of No Smoking Day events are taking place all over the UK, including customised Double-Decker Buses, ashtray amnesties, interactive stalls, dance displays and world record attempts. Many sports activities including local football clubs are getting involved.  Stop smoking services, fire and rescue services, local councils, supermarkets, and many more are out and about to help and support smokers who are ready to break free!

Duncan Bannatyne, No Smoking Day President, entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star said: “Quitting smoking isn’t always easy. Most of the nine million UK smokers say they’d like to quit, and many have tried to stop several times over the last year.

“If you’ve tried and failed a few times, it’s easy to give up hope. But you’ll find few ex-smokers that quit the habit on their first attempt. So pick yourself up, dust yourself down and believe that this time you really can do it!”

For more information about No Smoking Day go to www.nosmokingday.org.uk

Notes to editors

· For more information, please contact Charles West, Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Shrewsbury & Atcham.

· No Smoking Day is in its 27th year and is a registered charity supported by an alliance of the UK’s health promotion agencies and major health charities.

· For more information on how to quit go to  www.nosmokingday.org.uk

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