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Today is National No Smoking Day organised by the British Heart Foundation.
There are 14 events across the East Midlands for National No Smoking Day today. Get involved here.
There are 8 events across the West Midlands. Get involved here.
As well as the health benefits, the campaign also highlights the money that can be saved by stopping smoking. In three months, a smoker who has quit could have saved enough money for a week in the sun or a laptop or new television.
The events listed here are organised by stop smoking services, local governments, schools and colleges, businesses, and many other bodies and individuals.
Here are a few ideas from the Balls to Stop campaign if you'd like to quite smoking:
**Planning to stop...
Choose a day to quit. Ask your family/friends for support.
Plan a reward for the end of the first day / first week / first month.
Bin all your cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters.
Consult your GP about nicotine replacement therapy (net), proven to double your success rate.
How to stop...
Get through the first day.
Chew sugar-free gum as a replacement.
For strong cravings take deep breaths and delay giving in to the urge, which will pass after a couple of minutes.
Play with a pencil or coin if you need to hold something; Anything but a cigarette.
How to stay smoke-free...
Take it one day at a time.
Avoid situations associated with smoking to begin with.
Don’t be tempted to smoke one cigarette. This often leads to two, three and many more.
Save cigarette money as an incentive. On average smokers spend over £100 per month.