National No Smoking Day 2022: when is the awareness day in the UK, theme - and how can I give up smoking?

The NHS has a number of resources to help you give up smoking

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No Smoking Day is an annual event which aims to helps people who want to stop smoking.

But when does it take place and what is this year’s theme?

Here’s what you need to know.

What is No Smoking Day?

No Smoking Day first took place in 1984. It is an annual UK health awareness day which intends to help smokers who want to quit smoking.

When will it take place in 2022?

No Smoking Day takes place every year on the second Wednesday in March. This year, it will land on Wednesday 9 March.

What is this year’s theme?

Each year, the campaign is promoted with a theme in the form of a short phrase.

Previous year’s themes include ‘Break free’ and ‘Time to quit?’.

This year’s joint No Smoking Day campaign with ASH Scotland focuses on encouraging residents to seek support and advice when they’re ready to quit smoking, with its Quit Your Way service.

This theme focuses on motivating people to quit smoking in the way that works best for them and people will be encouraged to make the most of the free expert advice and the multitude of options available to support them.

How can I give up smoking?

The NHS has a number of resources to help you give up smoking, including free personal quit plan, reading material on aids to help you stop smoking, and local Stop Smoking services.

You can also download the free NHS Quit Smoking app.

The app allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you’re saving
  • get daily support

The NHS also suggests these 9 tips for giving up smoking:

  1. List your reasons to quit.
  2. Tell people you’re quitting.
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked.
  4. Use stop smoking aids.
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke.
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them.
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy.
  8. Exercise away the urge.
  9. Join the Facebook group for support and advice.
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