Mike is encouraging thousands of smokers to quit this month on No Smoking Day.
No Smoking Day, which recently merged with the British Heart Foundation, is an annual health campaign that is now in its 29th year. It is thought to be responsible for helping more than 750,000 smokers attempt to quit on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them to quit in the future.
Mike’s Early Day Motion, which is asking the Government to congratulate No Smoking Day, has gained cross-party support from over thirty MPs. The text of the EDM is below:
“That this House congratulates the No Smoking Day charity on its 29th annual public health campaign, which will take place on 14 March 2012; notes that almost 750,000 smokers made a quit attempt on No Smoking Day last year; further notes that the British Heart Foundation and the No Smoking Day charity have merged to secure the long-term future of the campaign, helping even more smokers to quit; further notes that despite recent tobacco control legislation, smoking remains the number one cause of premature avoidable death in the UK; and further notes the need for continued support of No Smoking Day.”
Mike said: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to boost your health and keep money in your pocket. Quitting can be hard, but there is lots of support available and you can do it in the knowledge that you’ll be one of thousands of others trying to do the same thing.”
Vishnee Sauntoo, a smoking cessation adviser who now works on the No Smoking Day campaign, said: “Now is the time for smokers to get ready to quit, so stock up on patches and gum, or visit your GP or stop smoking service for help and advice. Tell friends and family what you’re going to do so they can support you along the way. However you decide to quit, the preparations you make can play a big part in how successful you are when you come to take the leap.”