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No Smoking Day 9 March 2011

19 February 2011

Today one in five people in the UK smokes 63% want to quit. On Wednesday 9 March 2011 events will be held across the UK organised by a variety of health professionals and stop smoking services to reach smokers who wish to quit.

No Smoking Day - Time to Quit?

No Smoking Day aims to help all smokers. With the right NHS support people are four times more likely to succeed in quitting.

Facts and figures

  • One in five people in Great Britain smoke.
  • 63% of smokers in Great Britain want to give up.
  • 21% of the population are smokers, 25% of the population are ex-smokers and 54% have never smoked.
  • 15% of smokers have their first cigarette within five minutes of waking up.

Figures from General Household Survey 2009

Health Benefits to Quitting Smoking

  • 20 minutes after quitting your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • 48 hours - no nicotine is left in your body. Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved.
  • 72 hours - your breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase
  • 2-12 weeks after quitting smoking your circulation improves and exercise can be easier
  • 3-9 months -any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve
  • Within five years the risk of heart attack is halved
  • Within 10 years the risk of lung cancer is halved and the risk of heart attack is at the same level as non-smokers
  • Medium to long term stopping smoking at any age increases your life expectancy, provided you stop before the onset of serious disease. Even if you have developed a disease, you can benefit from stopping as your body will be under less strain and be able to fight it more easily.

Wealth -The Financial Benefits of Stopping Smoking.


  • 1 day: 6.30 = a movie rental or a few magazines.
  • 1 week: 44.10 = facial, a cheap flight or DVDs, paint-balling, a day at the races.
  • 1 month: 189 = a shopping spree or premiership football tickets.
  • 3 months: 567 = holiday or a new laptop, flat screen TV.
  • 6 months: 1,134 = football season ticket, a family holiday or a home cinema, top of the range bicycle.
  • 1 year: 2,299 = a new kitchen, a second hand car or a luxury leather suite.

Please note that these figures are based on a 20-a-day smoker paying 6.30 per packet of 20 cigarettes.

Local Stop Smoking Services

There are free local services that have helped thousands to quit for good. You are four times more likely to stop successfully with their help.