No Smoking Day 2023: Smokers unaware that quitting smoking will reduce risk of dementia

Smokers in Hampshire are being urged to give quitting a go ahead of No Smoking Day (8th March), as research shows those who smoke are more likely to develop dementia.

The annual awareness day encourages smokers to make a quit attempt and this year’s theme is ‘stopping smoking protects your brain health’.

According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, dementia is the most feared health condition for people over the age of 55 – more than any other life-threatening disease including cancer and diabetes.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health, who is helping to coordinate this year’s No Smoking Day, said:

“Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve your health. It has been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia, heart disease, cancer and stroke. You experience health benefits within weeks of stopping, breathing easier and feeling fitter.

 “No Smoking Day is the perfect time to quit smoking when thousands of other people are stopping too. There are many ways to stop from nicotine replacement therapy to vaping and free local support to stop smoking. Smokers are three times more likely to succeed in quitting with help from a trained professional than with willpower alone.”

Those in Hampshire, are encouraged to attend one of our free, local face-to-face support sessions, with our qualified team of stop smoking advisors at the following locations:

Date Locaton Time
Monday 6th March Farnborough College of Technology  Aldershott Aldershot Construction College Campus, GU12 4PQ 09:00 – 17:00
Monday 6th March Alton Community Centre, GU34 1HN 09:30  to 13:30
Tuesday 7th March The Health Hub Festival Place, RG21 7BA 12:15 – 15:30
Tuesday 7th March Farnborough Market Stop Smoking Clinic (Minibus) 09:00 – 15:00
Tuesday 7th March Forest Community Centre​, GU35 0BS 16:30 – 19:00
Wednesday 8th March Petersfield Community Centre, GU31 4BW 14:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 8th March Andover Health Hub, SP10 1RL 14:15 – 17:00
Wednesday 8th March Gosport War Memorial Hospital Foyer, PO12 3PW 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 8th March Hythe & Dibden Community Centre, SO45 6DU 10:00 – 13:00

For alternative free support to quit smoking contact a stop smoking advisor on 01264 563039 or text QUIT to 66777.