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No Smoking Day 2017 inspires Hackney to put down cigarettes

REASONS: Customers at Hackney's Ridley Road market last year hold up messages for No Smoking Day

TODAY IS National No Smoking Day, an annual health campaign now in its 35th year which helped more than 800,000 people quit smoking last year and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.

Nearly 17% of UK adults smoke including just over 20% in Hackney. UK figures also show that two thirds of smokers want to quit.

This week, Hackney in east London will offer residents a range of community events run by the Community and Bilingual Service within Smokefree Hackney, which is managed by the Shoreditch Trust. On the day itself, the trust will be running campaigns at Ridley Road Market and Homerton Hospital to boost awareness of the Stop Smoking services available in the borough.

Smoking Cessation Community Champions will be on hand to talk to local people about the benefits of quitting for good this year. They will be providing information and advice on quitting techniques, including the use of electronic cigarettes. Carbon monoxide and lung age testing will be available and volunteers will be giving out balloons, lucky dip prizes, goody bags, health and wealth wheels and other freebies. Both smokers and non-smokers can attempt a tar jar challenge in a bid to win prizes.

8 million people in the UK still smoke, while around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes. A further two million people live with smoking related illnesses that include coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and asthma.

Jonathan McShane, Labour Councillor for Haggerston Ward and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care & Culture in Hackney says;

“No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for Hackney smokers to join thousands of others in the UK attempting to quit on the same day. This is why spreading the word about the support available is so important; to help many take their first steps towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.”

Fred Agbah, Smoking Cessation Services Manager for the Community and Bilingual Stop Smoking Service run by Shoreditch Trust agrees:

“One of the biggest incentives for smokers to quit comes from considering the real amount of money they spend on cigarettes and thinking about what they and their family could afford if they were to give up for good. By tallying up the exact amount of money that could be saved, smokers can work towards a financial goal – be it a new pair of shoes, a family trip to the cinema or a dream holiday”.

Visitors to the area are this week are encouraged to look out for stalls at the Hackney Service Centre, and across GP services and local pharmacies, where the trust intends to sign-up scores of smokers who will pledge to ditch cigarettes for good in 2017.

For more information on the benefits of quitting, click
here or telephone Fred Agbah on 020 7033 8509. Alternatively you can email:

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