Health chiefs have urged smokers to give quitting a go for next week’s No Smoking Day, on March 13.
A host of treatments and help is on offer across Calderdale to boost smokers’ chances of quitting - such as nicotine inhalers patches and drugs.
Jan Spence, Calderdale’s specialist stop smoking advisor, said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for people who smoke to have a go at stopping for just one day without the pressure of feeling like stopping for good. But once someone has quit for a day it’s a great incentive to carry on.
“The benefits start straightaway- within the first 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse return to normal and carbon monoxide is out of your body within 24 hours.
“With the right treatment, help and support you are four times more likely to stop smoking with the stop smoking service.”
A survey out this week by e-cigarette provider SKYCIG found 46 per cent of Yorkshire smokers smoke between 11 and 20 cigarettes a day, despite the health warnings.
The national figures also showed 56 per cent of male smokers in Yorkshire smoke most when out with friends - but 20 per cent of female smokers admit smoking when they are alone. For more information about the free service by Calderdale’s stop smoking team, contact 01422 281505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** One way to quit: trialling the SKYCIG
SKYCIG’s e-cigarette gives a small dose of nicotine, in water vapour - without the 4,000 harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
A SKYCIG Freedom pack contains two batteries - shaped as cigarettes; battery case - similar to a cigarette pack; and five cartridge flavours such as classic tobacco and menthol.
Courier reporter Joanna Wardill trialled the pack and found it impressively realistic as an alternative to smoking - and a helpful quitting tool. Priced at £49.99, it works out at 75 per cent less than traditional cigarettes.
Visit www.skycig.co.uk for information.