Amanda Clark, RN, MA.
Deputy Editor, Professional Nurse'Sick of smoking? Why not give up?' This invitation is the theme of this year's National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 12 March.
About 13 million adults in the UK smoke cigarettes, 29% of men and 25% of women. More than 80% of them take up the habit as teenagers. In fact, in the UK about 450 children start smoking every day.
Every year, around 120 000 smokers in the UK die as a result of their habit.
People do give up - 20% of women and 27% of men are ex-smokers. Surveys show about 70% of current smokers would like to give up altogether.
- For more information on this year's No Smoking Day contact:
59 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DJ. firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Health. (2000) The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform. London: DoH, 2000.