Happy "No Smoking" Day!

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  1. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    The ninth military No Smoking Day takes place on Wednesday 11 March 2009 as part of the wider UK campaign. It is an ideal target date for those who wish to stop smoking.

    • On military No Smoking Day 2009 a number of events will be held at units to raise the profile of the day and to encourage those who may have thought about stopping to do so.

    • The MOD provides free patches, gum and other cessation services to Service personnel who want to stop.

    • Service personnel who wish to stop smoking and to find out about local planned events should contact their unit medical or health training staff.

    • Further information on support available to smokers who want to quit is also available at the No Smoking Day Website: Military No Smoking Day.

    Further Information

    1. The negative health effects of smoking are well known but include increased risk of heart attack, heightened blood pressure and breathlessness.

    2. Smoking is the UK’s number one cause of avoidable premature death, and is linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions.

    3. By stopping smoking the risk of developing lung cancer, other cancers, heart attack, stroke and chronic lung disease is reduced - the sooner you stop smoking, the sooner your risk starts going down. Stopping smoking at any age increases your life expectancy, provided that you stop before the onset of serious disease.

    4. Alongside the usual benefits of a smoke free lifestyle financially it is calculated that a 20 a day smoker can save over £2000 every year by stopping smoking.

    5. Smoking rates across the Armed Forces vary. The RN at 19% and RAF at 15% are lower than the national average of 26%. Although the Army at 29% is slightly above the average, they are reducing on average at about 1% a year.

    6. There is clear evidence to suggest that two thirds of people who smoke would like to stop. The MOD is committed to helping those who wish to stop smoking to do so. All Services have qualified Smoking Cessation Advisers who are able to assist smokers who want to stop. They offer counselling and nicotine replacement therapies. These services can be accessed by approaching unit medical centres and health training staff. Unlike, their civilian counterparts who must pay prescription charges for treatment therapies, military personnel are not charged for the treatment therapies received.

    7. Civilian staff can of course participate in locally held No Smoking Day Events and access further information via the website No Smoking Day 2009. Nearest Primary Care Trust free local stop smoking service can be found via their GP or as below:

    • England and Wales 0800 169 0 169

    • Scotland 0800 84 84 84

    • Wales 0800 85 85 85
  2. One learns something new every day. Military No Smoking Day! :)

    Thanks Sarge :thumbup:
  3. I remember when this started. I like many other celebrated on the quarter deck with a cig lol
  4. Just off for a fag! Back later!
  5. I gave up 3 months ago but I might have one today to p1ss people off. Little victories.....
  6. Celebrated with several roll ups!Cheers.Roll on National Sausage week!
  7. There are a lot of problems associated with smoking which people face like problem with respiratory system, heart and many more. Smoking ban has come at the right time and people should strictly follow it as smokers need to understand that they don't have the right to affect others due to their habit. Passive smoking is considered as more dangerous.
  8. janner

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