National No Smoking Day

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Tomorrow (14th March 2018) is National No Smoking Day, and we’re excited to invite Live Well Luton into the service to provide a smoking cessation clinic from 12pm.

We all know cigarettes are bad for our health, but do we realise how negative other forms of smoking are to our health?

Shisha, usually associated with Middle-Eastern Cafes, are popping up across UK towns and cities – including Luton. A lot of people believe that because shisha is fruit flavoured, and passes through water first, it is safer. This is not the case – an hour of shisha smoking is equal to smoking 150-200 cigarettes!

Dr Khalid Anis, chairman of NTAG in Manchester, says: “There’s a misconception that shisha is not as bad for you as cigarettes, because the tobacco is flavoured and passes through water first. But the carcinogens and nicotine are still there. So a regular shisha smoker can expect to be at risk to the similar health problems that cigarette smokers face, whether that’s respiratory, heart disease or cancer. As with any other tobacco product, I expect regular shisha smokers will find it addictive, to the point that they may need it every day.” (source: Guardian, 2011)

If you want to give up smoking or are seeking further advice, please check the Live Well Luton website. Please be aware that Live Well Luton will be decommissioned on April 1st, and the service will be moving to Active Luton who will be providing their own smoking cessation services. Details TBC.

We are looking to work with Active Luton in the very near future to host smoking cessation clinics here at ResoLUTiONs – keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Did you know we deliver smoking workshops at Luton schools? If you would like us to come and speak to your students, please contact us.

 

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