Take The First Step On No Smoking Day

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NHS Manchester’s Stop Smoking Service is inviting people across the city to ‘take the first step’ to quit smoking, at an event to be held on No Smoking Day, 11 March 2009. The event will be held in the concourse of Wythenshawe Forum Centre, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5RX, from 8.30am – 3.30pm.

Along with trained stop smoking advisors who will be on hand to offer support to anyone ready to quit, people will have the opportunity to register on the Manchester Smokefree Homes Scheme. The aim of Smokefree Homes is to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke. Children from smokefree homes are likely to be healthier, with less risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma, chest infections and middle ear infection.

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Throughout the day there will be a host of activities including health MOTs; Manchester Credit Union will offer advice to quit and save; young people will perform a smokefree rap; children’s art exhibition; competitions and refreshments – all free of charge. Local community radio Wythenshawe FM will provide an outside broadcast; anyone wishing to share their quit story can come along and be interviewed on the day.

Abbie Paton, Manager of Manchester Stop Smoking Service said, “37% of adults across the city smoke and research has shown that over two thirds of them would like to stop. No Smoking Day provides an excellent opportunity for them to do that. By using the support available on No Smoking Day and throughout the year you can significantly increase your chance of success.”

Smokers in Manchester already have access to world class help and support from the Manchester Stop Smoking Service. There are drop-ins in health and community centres, hospitals and markets across the city. The free help provided by the service can improve the chance of stopping successfully by up to four times.

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