Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bristol City Council are urging people who smoke to kick the habit or switch to e-cigarettes as part of National No Smoking Day on 8 March.
Despite national and local decreases in smoking, it is estimated that around 66,000 adults in Bristol still smoke, spending a staggering £118 million on tobacco each year.
"Stopping smoking will mean that the average smoker will have an extra £2,000 in their pocket every year. Not only would you be better off, but you'd also be fitter and healthier to enjoy spending the cash that otherwise would, literally, go up in smoke! There is great support available to help you quit or switch to e-cigarettes, but the key thing is to make the decision to try. That's what National Stop Smoking Day on the 8 March is for. As a former smoker I know how hard it can be, but I urge all smokers to give quitting a try - starting on Wednesday. "
- Cllr Fi Hance, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for health and wellbeing
"If you smoke, the single best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Even if you have been smoking for many years, the health benefits will start as soon as you stop. One in two people who smoke will die as a result of illnesses related to smoking and smoking is also associated with a number of conditions which can cause disability such coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and multiple types of cancer. With all the support available to help you stop smoking, there has never been a better time to kick the habit. So why not take up the challenge to improve your health and save some money on No Smoking Day?"
- Dr Jon Evans, Clinical Lead for Respiratory Conditions at Bristol CCG
For smokers who would like to quit, the NHS Smokefree website has wealth of resources to help you ditch cigarettes for good.
Anyone looking for support to quit in Bristol should visit the Live Well Bristol website for more information about the services available.
Those who take up the challenge can also join in on Twitter using #NoSmokingDay.