No Smoking Day 2024: Towards a smoke-free future | News and Events

No Smoking Day 2024: Towards a smoke-free future

Leading charities Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), Cancer Research UK and Asthma + Lung UK, joined forces with the government to encourage the nation's 5.3 million smokers to make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day, 13 March 2024.

Established in 1984, this year marks the fortieth anniversary of No Smoking Day.

It takes place on the second Wednesday in March, and it’s an opportunity for partners across the country to unite in supporting the nation’s 5.3 million smokers to make a quit attempt.

Smoking prevalence has reduced considerably, but there is still a way to go to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan ambition of becoming a smoke-free nation by 2030.

Despite the health risks, smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death in England.

In Numbers

  • Two in three smokers will die as a result of long-term smoking.
  • One in four hospital patients is a smoker.
  • Every day someone is admitted to hospital with a smoking-related disease.
  • In 2022-23, there was an estimated 400,000 hospital admissions due to smoking.
  • It’s estimated nearly 50 million cigarettes are smoked every day – around nine cigarettes a day per smoker.

How have Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) supported No Smoking Day 2024?

Staff displaying smoke free awareness materials

Meadowbrook Unit have been taking an active role with our Tobacco Dependency Treatment 
Practitioner and our Physical Healthcare Team Lead, providing education and support to our service users and staff to aid them in becoming smoke free.

What our Service Users, Partners and Staff had to say:

"Brilliant idea, I will take some smoke free leaflets for the rest of my team that smoke and vape."

"Wow the fidget toys are a great idea to keep my hands occupied instead of a cig."

"I feel better for doing the breathalyser, as I was feeling down about my health." 

Resources to support you with Stopping Smoking

What Will You Miss | Make Smoking History

Quit smoking - Better Health

Read about our CURE project

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust

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