Swap Fags for Swag on No Smoking Day

Hasanin Khachi, Lead Respiratory Pharmacist – Barts Health NHS Trust

The countdown is on and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are pleased to announce their support for the 30th annual No Smoking Day campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The theme of this milestone year urges smokers to consider the financial benefits of quitting and ‘swap fags for swag’, on Wednesday 13 March, 2013.

With the average smoker spending £7 a day, £49 a week, £210 a month and £2,555 a year on cigarettes, it is hoped that more people than ever will be inspired to quit by considering what they could afford if they were to stop for good.

 No Smoking Day officially launched on Wednesday 27 February, giving smokers two weeks to see their pharmacist, tell their family and friends and stock up on quit aids such as patches and gum so they’re ready to ditch the cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day itself.

Smoking is associated with many chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD and cardiovascular disease. In the UK, it is estimated that 86% of COPD mortality is directly attributed to smoking. Since the smoking ban came into force in 2007, we have already seen a sharp fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with severe asthma, with a 12% drop in the first year after implementation and a further 3% in each of the following years.  

Last year the No Smoking Day campaign helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.

Many community pharmacies offer free smoking cessation services and are an invaluable support network for smokers wishing to quit. For smokers looking for further advice and support on how to quit, speak to your local pharmacist or visit wequit.co.uk and join us on twitter #NoSmokingDay.