Smokers are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to quit smoking for good tomorrow, which is No Smoking Day.
Health chiefs have revealed nearly one in five adults in the Isle of Man smokes (19.1 per cent) – but studies show that around two-thirds of smokers want to quit.
The theme for No Smoking Day this year is ‘V for Victory’, which hopes to inspire smokers across the British Isles to win the fight against cigarettes and tobacco.
The campaign will provide information, support and encouragement to put together a personal battle plan so people are in a position to make a successful attempt to quit.
Members of the Quit4You team will be at the Isle of Man College Health Fayre from 9.30am to 1pm to offer information, advice and inspiration. Quit4You will also be on hand to provide an opportunity for people to find out their own personal Carbon Monoxide reading.
Health Minister Howard Quayle MHK said: ‘No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for the department to encourage and support smokers in the Isle of Man to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK. Quitting smoking remains one of the most important actions people can take to improve their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory.’
Anita Imberger, health psychologist and tobacco lead, said: ‘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. There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support: people are actually four times more likely to quit if they combine a product such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy with sessions at their local stop smoking service.
‘For this reason, we want to spread the word about Quit4You, the island’s free stop smoking service, and encourage anyone who wants practical advice and support to attend one of the weekly clinics that we hold around the island. We can also offer private appointments for pregnant women, partners and families. Even if you’ve tried many times before, there are new products and different ways of quitting that might just make a difference this time.’
For more information visit www.Quit4You.gov.im, call on 642404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For No Smoking Day posters or leaflets call Public Health Resources on 642645.
Also look online at www.nosmokingday.org.uk