Royal Surrey County Hospital is encouraging smokers to stub out their cigarettes as part of No Smoking Day (March 9).
While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke, including 14.5 per cent in Surrey.
Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious illnesses and every year around 100,000 people die from smoking related illnesses.
There are various health benefits associated with going smoke free including better breathing, whiter teeth, younger looking skin, less stress, improved smell and taste, more energy, healthier loved ones.
Sarah Pearce, one of Royal Surrey’s Respiratory Nurse Specialists, said: “Encouraging and helping people to stop smoking is a priority when it comes to improving and maintaining the health of our patients.
“Smokers are four times more likely to quit with help and here at Royal Surrey we have our very own Stop Smoking Advisor based on site, who can offer free confidential advice.
“You can also seek help from one of the fantastic free NHS Stop Smoking Services, which have already helped thousands of other people successfully quit smoking.”
You can telephone the Smoking Advisor on 07855 092148 or visit Quite 51 for information on free clinics.
The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokes to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.