Wednesday 10th March 2021
Today, Wednesday 10th March 2021, is No Smoking Day. Research has shown that stopping smoking is linked to improved mental health such as reducing depression and anxiety and improving mood and quality of life.
Did you know? Smokers who quit for 6 weeks or more are happier and experience less anxiety and depression than those who carry on smoking.
Quitting smoking doesn’t need to be stressful – you don’t have to go ‘cold turkey’ and you don’t have to go it alone.
Reasons to stop smoking
Last year, Wg Cdr Sharon McMillan wrote a piece around smoking. The key points were:
- Smoking has significant and immediate implications for the wellbeing of our people, contributing to poor respiratory wellbeing, low aerobic fitness, flexibility, strength and musculoskeletal injury which are common factors for medical discharge.
- Smokers are at 25% greater risk of breaking a bone, increasing the risk of medical downgrade.
- As agreed by Secretary of State in February 2018 and in-line with wider Government policy, Defence has chosen to introduce a Smoke Free Working Environment by 2022. This is a key commitment of the Defence Smoking and Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2022 and will play a major role in reducing smoking prevalence amongst our people.
Get help to stop smoking
Serving personnel can access smoking cessation services from the Medical Officer.
Alternatively, visit the NHS Quit Smoking pages to access support to stop smoking. This support includes the free NHS Smokefree app and how to find your local Stop Smoking Service.
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