Published Thursday 13 March 2014 at 15:38
No Smoking Day – on Wednesday March 12 – saw thousands of smokers being challenged to quit.
The day had a ‘V for Victory’ theme which was aimed at inspiring people to win their fight against smoking.
On the day, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s stop smoking service had stalls in place in Asda in Blackburn, Tesco on Hill Street in Blackburn and Sainsbury’s in Darwen. Health trainers were on hand to give free CO checks as well as information, advice and guidance.
Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, was on hand at Asda and said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers in Blackburn with Darwen to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK. There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why Blackburn with Darwen’s Stop Smoking Service is spreading the word to smokers about the range of services and resources which are locally available to them. Our activity is crucial to helping people on the road to victory and towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.”
No Smoking Day was run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year.
Stop smoking help is available in Blackburn with Darwen. For further information phone the stop smoking service on (01254) 587999 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of local stop smoking clinics visit: http://refreshbwd.com and search ‘stop smoking service’