Today is National No Smoking Day with this years tagline being
"Swop fags for Swag"
I suppose it's the perfect time to again promote quitting smoking as many smokers who vowed to quit as their New Years Resolution are again smoking, although I am very pleased and proud to say that my husband isn't one of them, and since the 1st January 2013 he hasn't had a cigarette, but not only that, apart from one day, he hasn't had any alcohol as well!
I'm lucky that I never started smoking, but I've watched my husband try time and time again to quit and I've seen how much of a struggle it has been for him. Over the past 12 years that we have been together, I have lots count of how many times he has tried and failed to quit.
Quitting isn't easy, if it was there would be no smokers left, but there are ways to make it easier! You can even try speaking to your doctor for help as they maybe able to prescribe you with patches, gum or lozenges to help you quit.
If you live in Wales then Fresh Start Wales can help. Their main aim is to raise awareness on the risk of children who are in a car with a smoking parent. When you smoke in your car, even with the window open, hundreds of toxic chemicals such as arsenic and carbon monoxide are blown into the air. Children and babies who breathe in these dangerous poisons are more likely to die from cot death, have chest problems such as asthma and bronchitis, more likely to get serious ear infections which can lead to hearing problems and die of cancer when they are older.
They realise that giving up isn't easy and that's why you can request a Fresh Start Pack to help encourage you. The pack is available bilingually and contains information and resources on how smokers can protect their families from the harm of second-hand smoke causes, as well as practical tools for those choosing to make a complete start by giving up smoking completely.
Each pack contains;
- A Fresh Start Manual with information about the Fresh Start Wales campaign and tips for helping you give up smoking altogether, including how to tackle cravings and temptations
- A help and support leaflet with information about the stop smoking aids available in Wales, including NHS services and medications
- Our health and wealth wheel, which shows you the financial and health benefits you'll experience once you've given up smoking
- A tangle toy to keep your fingers distracted when you're craving a cigarette (my kids loved this as well!)
- A smoke free car sticker to let other people know that your car is a no-smoking zone
- A cigarette recipe card which tells you about some of the dangerous chemicals present in cigarettes
- A money box so you can count up all those savings you've made by not smoking
- A Fresh Start map with stickers to mark out your journey. The whole family can get involved, especially children, by placing the stickers on the map and counting out the smoke free days.