13 March is national No Smoking Day

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PHE NoSmokingDay 1200x630 Half Image PQPEach year thousands of people quit smoking successfully.

You can join them this #NoSmokingDay, which is today - Wednesday 13 March 2019 - and get your free Personal Quit Plan at www.nhs.uk/smokefree to help you stop smoking for good.

A video released by Public Health England (PHE) shows the devastating harms from smoking and how these can be avoided by switching to an e-cigarette or using another type of quit aid. The film has been released as part of PHE’s Health Harms campaign, which is encouraging smokers in West Leicestershire to make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day by demonstrating the personal and irrefutable harm to health from every single cigarette.

The film features smoking expert Dr Lion Shahab and Dr Rosemary Leonard carrying out an experiment to visually demonstrate the high levels of cancer-causing chemicals and tar inhaled by an average smoker over a month, compared to not smoking or using an e-cigarette. The results of the experiment visually illustrate the stark contrast  between the impacts of smoking and vaping. Research estimates that while not risk-free, vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

Around 2.5 million adults are using e-cigarettes in England and they have helped thousands of people successfully quit – but many smokers (44%) still either wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or don’t know that vaping poses much lower risks to health (22% respectively).