National No Smoking Day - March the 13th 2019
This years National No Smoking day falls on the 13th March. The concept of a no smoking day was conceived to help and support smokers who decide they want to quit traditional cigarettes. It was given a regular designated day in the United Kingdom on Ash Wednesday in March 1984.
Various themes have been used over the years to promote the stop smoking campaign, in 2010 the theme was “break free” where smokers were encouraged to break free from the chain’s they were bound by that smoking cigarettes caused them and last years theme to help smokers quit came with the hashtag #TellUsYourWay encouraging ex smokers to tell their quit smoking stories which they hoped would give current smokers the push and encouragement they needed when giving up became a struggle.
The British Heart Foundation now plays a big part in National No Smoking day along with the NHS as various studies they have conducted over the last few years show that cigarettes double the chance of suffering a heart attack due to smoking. Cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and coronary heart disease are also greatly increased if you smoke.
Other health issues have been linked to smoking, these include:
High blood pressure, caused because the nicotine your body receives when smoking increases your adrenaline levels which in turn increases your blood pressure making your heart rate higher.
Angina, caused because of a build up of fatty materials in your arteries. This causes a narrowing of the arteries which can cause angina.
Reduced oxygen levels, The carbon monoxide you inhale from smoking cigarettes reduces the oxygen levels in your blood, which in turn makes your heart pump harder.
Blood clots, Your blood is more likely to become thicker and this can cause clots to form.
Once you have decided to quit, the NHS and The British Heart Foundation offer various ways to help and support you during this time. They both have smoking support helplines that you can call if you need too. You can also get help online and download their stop smoking booklet for extra support.
They encourage the use of the various forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) that are available either on prescription or over the counter from chemists or vaping shops. The choice of which form of NRT you choose to use to help you quit is very much an individual one.
Nicotine replacement patches - These are sticky patches that you stick to your upper arm and they release a steady controlled amount of nicotine into your bloodstream helping to control cravings.
Nasal or mouth sprays - these give you a hit of nicotine when sprayed into the mouth or up your nose. You control how often you use them, depending on how heavy a smoker you where.
Chewing Gums - these release nicotine while chewing and are good if you miss cigarettes in your mouth.
Inhalators - These look like plastic cigarettes, when you inhale from these they deliver the nicotine you crave but no other chemicals associated with cigarettes.
Vaping - This form of NRT delivers nicotine to you through an electronic cigarette device, while vaping it produces vapour and this contains the nicotine you require to stop cravings. It has now been accepted by the NHS as a good form of NRT which mimics smoking traits more closely than other forms available and comes in various styles. You vape a liquid called e liquid that you fill your device with and this comes in various strengths and flavours.
How you choose to quit smoking traditional cigarettes is a personal choice but having all the facts to begin with can help in your decision that will help you the best. You can find more information available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stop-smoking-treatments/
You can also find more information regarding this years National No Smoking day here: https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/national-no-smoking-day-2019/