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No Smoking Day 2009Military No-Smoking Day - 11 March 2009
The Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Defence Dental Services will, once again, be running a Military No Smoking Day campaign.

Two-thirds of military personnel who smoke would like to stop and by using No Smoking Day, many have done so. By providing a military focus to this national campaign, No Smoking Day offers serving personnel a great opportunity to stop smoking.

Click on the link below to find out about support available to quitters, and for support and advice in planning your activities for Military No Smoking Day 2009.

website Web Site: Military No Smoking Day


 butt (Action on) Smoking and Health
'ASH' is probably the best name ever given to a charity! It sums it up so well.

Action on Smoking and Health was set up to inform people that smoking is dangerous and that people who do it die earlier and suffer more ill health than those who don't. They also point out that the NHS would be much richer if people didn't 'deliberately' damage their health by smoking.

website Web site: ASH - Action on Smoking and Health



pacifierPassive but still active...
'Passive' smoking - that is other people's smoke getting into your lungs - is the big issue for ASH at the moment (and for public health).

The success of ASH in making everyone aware of the problems of passive smoking has led to the banning of smoking in many offices and work places. People who want to smoke have to go outside the building or into a special smoker's room.

Many countries have banned smoking in bars and restaurants - UK and Ireland for example - and airports and railway stations and many other public places now have permanent smoking bans. There is also a general trend for those who do not smoke to feel able to tell people who do to stop smoking if it is not permitted, or they don't like it when they light up.


Too cool or too hot?
Young people particularly are likely to take up smoking to 'look cool' or to cover their worries about meeting other girls or boys. And it has been shown for certain that tobacco is a drug that is addictive. So once you start, it is very hard to stop as your body and your mind gets to need the drug (Nicotine) that is in the smoke. The problem is that the smoke itself, for lots of reasons but mainly because it is hot and irritating to breathe causes major problems in people's lungs. Not only lung cancer, which is the biggest killer, but all sorts of coughs and other chest problems. The smoker's cough, with hard breathing, is well known. Nicotine doesn't do the heart any favours either.


Naval Service Policy on Smoking
Particular emphasis on this new policy is to ensure that those who do not wish to be subjected to smoke of others need not be. It is fully consistent with the current cessation policy and also with our healthy lifestyle and fitness strategies.

info  More Information: Naval Service Policy on Smoking


drinkGiving up
Advice on giving up smoking, some information about what problems it causes and general information about its effect on people can be found on the ASH website.

Your base PMO and Sick Bay staff, or on board ship your POMA or Surgeon will also have advice and information on giving up smoking, as will any local doctor or nurse on shore. There are lots of ways to help you give up, or at least cut down, on your smoking. Arm patches and simulated cigarettes which give off small amounts of nicotine are a favourite way of cutting down and work well with the help of a support group. There is nearly always one locally (as lots of people want to give up smoking). There are also some on ships! It is worth it.

website Web site: ASH - Action on Smoking and Health


Updated: 2 Mar 09


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