No smoking day to be marked with events

Pompey star David Nugent gets over enthusiastic in his battle with a cigarette.  Picture:   Joe Pepler
Pompey star David Nugent gets over enthusiastic in his battle with a cigarette. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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If you’ve been thinking it’s time to quit cigarettes but didn’t quite get round to it on New Year’s Day, why not start on Wednesday?

That’s the message from PompeyQuit, Solent Healthcare’s Stop Smoking Service in Portsmouth.

March 9 is No Smoking Day and the organisers are hoping thousands of people will make this the day they turn their back on their nicotine habit for good.

PompeyQuit says a 20-a-day smoker could save up to £200 a month when they ditch the cigs.

Text the word Portsmouth to 88020 (standard network rates apply) and a member of their team will give you a call back with all the information and advice you need.

The service offers a wide range of ways to support you, so you can choose a way that’s right for you.

The team will also be at the John Pounds Centre in Portsea, Portsmouth, from 8.30am until 11.30am.

Meanwhile Hampshire’s stop smoking service Quit4Life is also gearing up to mark the day.

They will organise two public events and are urging people to go along if they are interested in finding out more about quitting smoking and getting advice as to how to do it.

The events will take place tomorrow at Asda in Gosport, from 10am to 2pm and on Wednesday at Fareham Shopping Centre, from 10am to 3pm.

Every year more than 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related causes.

But just 48 hours after quitting, no nicotine is left in your body. Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved.

Within five years the risk of heart attack is halved. And within 10 years your risk of developing lung cancer will be halved.