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University to Offer Extra Support to Smokers on National No Smoking Day

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As part of its campaign for healthier, smoke free campuses, the University of Worcester is marking national No Smoking Day, which is taking place on Wednesday (March 12) to support smokers at the University who wish to give up cigarettes for good.

Recent statistics from the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) group suggest that two thirds of smokers want to quit, and this year’s No Smoking Day will have a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire thousands of smokers win the fight against cigarettes.

The University of Worcester has already taken huge steps towards making its campuses smoke free, and on March 12, the Student Experience Team, Breathe Easier Advisors and Health Trainers will be offering additional support to students and staff who want to quit.

At the St John’s campus, students and staff will be able to test their carbon monoxide levels between 11am and 2pm, while at The Hive, St John’s Campus and City Campus, advisors will be on hand to give smokers information on quitting.

There will also be information stands situated at Firstpoint, Riverside and the Garage.

Louise Jones, Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing, says: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers at the University to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.

“We know that quitting isn’t easy but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes. 

“There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why the University 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 smokers on the road to victory and towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.”

One of those who has already benefited from University support is Control Room Supervisor Graham Cozens, who quit smoking three years ago and has been smoke free ever since.

Graham explains: “I originally went along to a drop-in session to support a friend who wanted to quit. I kept attending after that and haven’t smoked since; the support of the University was a real help.”

The University of Worcester is part of a network of organisations across the UK that supports the No Smoking Day campaign. The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Our ‘V for Victory’ message is set to inspire smokers to win the battle against cigarettes even if they’ve already attempted to quit in the past.

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory.

“We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 12 March in their diary to join hundreds of thousands of other quitters in attempting to stub out cigarettes for good.”

For more information and support to help you quit as well as an online forum where you can talk and get motivation and support from thousands of quitters, visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk.