National No Smoking Day - It's never too late to quit

News: Smokefree

Today (10 March) is National No Smoking Day – an annual health awareness day which encourages the nation’s smokers to make an attempt to quit on the second Wednesday of March each year. 

This year’s theme is ‘quit together – today is the day’. The benefits of quitting smoking on your mental health are often over looked, but just as it improves your physical health, stopping smoking also improves your sense of wellbeing. Withdrawal can be tough, but with help, smokers can come out the other side feeling happier, healthier and wealthier too. 

Our Forensic Directorate went smoke free way back in 2014 and is immensely proud of what has been achieved since then in helping many service users quit for good. 

Our smoking cessation programme has a nurse and occupational therapist on every ward both at Memorial Hospital and at the Bracton Centre. They have completed their Level 2 National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training (NCSCT) and provide onsite support. 

We run a seven-day smoking cessation clinic with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and electronic cigarettes and one of our service users in Joydens Clinic has become the smoking cessation champion for our Women’s Pathway service. Another, on Birchwood Clinic, successfully stopped smoking using NRT and was discharged as a non-smoker. Someone else on Birchwood Clinic has also now been smoke free for three weeks. 

Carbon Monoxide testing of service users takes place every Friday with the Fresh Air Project evening group and there have been no smoking-related incidents for a month on Danson Clinic. 

One service user at the Bracton Centre, said; “I’ve been trying to quit smoking for years now and the information from the Fresh Air Project has been helpful and the videos inspiring and encouraging. It has helped me in a big way.” 

Show your support and join the national conversation on social media using #NoSmokingDay 

For help to quit smoking, read this advice from the NHS

Published on 10th March 2021