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No Smoking Day 2016

No Smoking Day 2016

No Smoking Day is our yearly big push to get smokers who want to quit started on the path to being Proud Quitters.

Over 10 million people in the UK still smoke, and around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes*.


On Wednesday 9 March, help your staff quit with positive messages about the benefits of stopping smoking, not only for your staff, but for their friends and families too.

Support people who want to quit on No Smoking Day by ordering this year’s free campaign pack which will give you the latest resources to make sure that you celebrate those staff who choose to become ‘Proud Quitters’ this March.


Smoking costs the UK around £15 billion each year; this includes the cost to the NHS in treating smoking related diseases, smoking-related sick days and cost to businesses for smoking breaks*.

It’s also about doing the right thing by your staff. People spend a large proportion of their life at work. The workplace has a big effect on behaviour and employees can support each other to quit. Almost two-thirds (63%) of smokers say they want to stop smoking*, so a little encouragement makes a big difference


There are lots of ways you can raise awareness about smoking and how to quit at your No Smoking Day event. Why not try some of the following ideas:

Provide information – Ask your NHS Stop Smoking Service, for flyers, leaflets and brochures or order our Stop Smoking booklet or 10 minutes to change your life – Time to quit booklet.
Set up a stand or display – Choose somewhere where people are likely to pass by – the entrance, canteen or placing a poster on each toilet cubicle is hard to miss! Depending on your budget, you could buy a few interactive resources to go on your display, such as the ‘tar jar’ from Gasp.
Be creative – Try doing something a bit different to raise awareness – our Quit quiz is not just for smokers and a ‘We quit at work challenge’ can help your staff feel supported by their colleagues.
Share information on Shisha – Shisha smoking is traditionally used by people from Middle Eastern or Asian community groups but is becoming increasingly popular in cities around the UK. Find out about this and how to stop on the website.
Whether it’s cigarettes or shisha, smoking still remains the number one cause of preventable death in the UK.


1: BHF estimates based on HSCIC, Statistics on Smoking, 2015
2: BHF UK estimate based on ASH Ready Reckoner, ASH and LeLan Solutions, 2014
3: GB General Lifestyle Survey 2011


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