Smokers are being encouraged to quit tomorrow (Wednesday, March 14) on No Smoking Day.

Halton Borough Council’s health improvement team is sending out the message that no matter how old anyone is, quitting immediately is the best thing they can do for their body.

The team says:

• your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal
• Within 48 hours your blood oxygen level and carbon monoxide levels are back to normal
• Within two weeks your risk of having a heart attack has dropped and your lungs are starting to get better.

If you’re a smoker, why not make this No Smoking Day the day you set that quit date?

Smokers are four times more likely to quit with help and support so they are being urged to take advantage of the health improvement team’s free drop-in sessions and come and see one of the advisors.

They run sessions at venues across Runcorn and Widnes, in places including community centres, GPs, leisure and shopping centres. We can also offer one to one appointments on request if you are pregnant or cannot get to any of our public venues for health reasons.

Halton Borough Council’s executive board member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Marie Wright, said: ““I’d like to encourage everyone who’s a smoker to make the Wednesday 14 March the day they start to stop.

“Smoking is still one the biggest causes of premature death in Halton so if you’re a smoker, the best thing you can do for your health is quit. Our expert advisers will be there to help you along the way.”

Check out the list of venues and opening times on the website www.halton.gov.uk/quit or call 0300 029 0029.

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