No Smoking Day 2024 – 13 March 2024

The 40th anniversary of No Smoking Day, a time for us to unite and offer encouragement and support to those on their quitting journey, is swiftly approaching on 13 March.

There are over 5.3 million adults in England who still smoke, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death in England. In fact, up to two in three smokers will die as a result of long-term smoking.

Almost every minute of every day someone is admitted to hospital in England with a smoking-related disease and in 2022-23, there were an estimated 400,000 hospital admissions in England due to smoking and one in four hospital patients is a smoker. Despite the clear health risks of smoking, it’s estimated that nearly 50 million cigarettes are smoked every day in England – around nine cigarettes a day per smoker.

However, smoking rates have reduced considerably since the first year of No Smoking Day 40 years ago and this year’s No Smoking Day campaign aims to continue this pattern and encourage people to quit by offering free proven NHS resources and advice.

Be part of the change and help build a smokefree generation. For free support to quit smoking, search smokefree.

Reasons to Stop Smoking –

  • Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health.
  • It’s never too late to quit smoking. When you stop smoking, there are almost
    immediate improvements to your health.
  • It’s much easier to stop smoking when you get the right support and there are lots
    of options to choose from.
  • Getting expert support from your local stop smoking services means you’re three
    times as likely to quit for good.
  • Better Health offers a range of free quitting support, including the NHS Quit
    Smoking app, local stop smoking service look-up tool, as well as advice on stop
    smoking aids including information on how vaping can help you quit smoking.
  • Nicotine vapes are one of the most effective stop smoking aids. Almost two-thirds
    of people who use a vape along with support from their local Stop Smoking Service
    successfully quit smoking.
  • On average smokers spend £38.59 a week on tobacco. That means they could have
    around £2,000 more to spend a year by quitting.

Searching ‘smokefree’ or clicking the link below will take you to the NHS Better Health website which includes lots of information about the benefits of quitting and the support available, including a facility to search for your local stop smoking service –