The countdown is on for this year’s National No Smoking Day. Held annually on the second Wednesday in March, it’s the perfect opportunity to begin a quit attempt if you’ve been thinking about putting down the cigarettes for good.
Ahead of the big day on March 11th, here’s everything you need to know about No Smoking Day, as well as some helpful tips on how you can prepare, and make it the first day of your tobacco-free life.
What is No Smoking Day?
No Smoking Day was first held in 1984, coinciding with Ash Wednesday. Since then, it’s grown to become a major health awareness day, supported by a mix of public health and voluntary sector organisations, including the NHS and the British Heart Foundation.
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness around the dangers of smoking and the health benefits of quitting. It is also another great opportunity to quit if you missed the ‘New Year, New You’ January quit season.
How to prepare for No Smoking Day
Tell people you’re taking part
Once you’ve decided to take part in No Smoking Day, you can proudly tell your friends and family about the steps you’re taking to improve your health. Telling those closest to you about your quit attempt can give you that extra bit of motivation when the going gets tough. It also means there’ll be people around you who understand what you’re going through as you attempt to become tobacco-free.
Find a quitting buddy
No Smoking Day is a national quit smoking awareness day, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re not alone when you’re taking part. However, having a “quitting buddy”, who’s stopping smoking with you can act as a massive boost. A quit buddy can give you guidance and support, and will truly understand what you’re going through since they’ll be experiencing the same challenges!
If you don’t have a quit-smoking buddy, why not “Join the Quitters”, our closed Facebook group where members can offer support, and share advice and stories from their own journeys to stop smoking.
Decide on a method
Nicorette has been clinically-proven to help you quit. NRT comes in loads of different forms, like patches, gums, sprays and inhalators, so pick the method that suits you and your lifestyle.
If you’re a heavy smoker, or you’ve failed to quit in the past, NICORETTE® Dual Support can help to increase your chances of quitting for good. Use the NICORETTE® InvisiPatch for continuous all-day support, then an additional flexible format like NICORETTE® QuickMist to tackle any breakthrough cravings.
Try to stay away from anything smoking-related
Once you’ve decided to give up for No Smoking Day, removing anything that you associate with smoking from your home could help to keep your mind off cigarettes.
Empty your ashtrays and hide them in a cupboard and make sure there are no lighters or matches lying around. And if you smoke in your car, then don’t forget to give that the once-over too. Using air fresheners can remove the smell of smoke so you can start afresh on March 11th.
Mentally preparing for quitting smoking is another important step in the run-up to No Smoking Day. Smoking is highly addictive, so quitting is a very difficult task. When you first stop smoking, cravings can be very powerful, and you may feel overwhelmed or stressed. Try to focus on the positive reasons for quitting smoking, like improving your health and saving money.
It’s also important to bear in mind that cravings are only temporary, and that in the long run you’re actually likely to feel less stressed when you’ve quit smoking. Read our full guide on how to manage stressful situations when you’re quitting.