Tomorrow (March 14th) is No Smoking Day - the national day which celebrates the success of people who have stopped smoking, and encourage those still smoking to give up for good.
For this year's national No Smoking Day, NHS Western Isles asking you to you to tell us what worked for you and how you stopped smoking.
You can send them a message on 01851 701623, post on their ‘NHS Western Isles’ Facebook page or Twitter #TellUsYourWay (@NHSWI) or even write them a letter telling of how you stopped smoking!
Jeanne Mackay from NHS Western Isles said: “Everyone is different, which means the way you quit smoking needs to be your choice. It's all about working out what is right for you to increase your chances of quitting for good. It will only take a few days before you start to notice the effects – you will breathe easier and find physical activity less strenuous after just three days.
“We’ve signed up to support No Smoking Day because we want to hear from people in The Western Isles about how they stopped smoking, and to use those examples to encourage other local people who want to quit, to give it a go.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Stopping smoking isn’t always easy, but the good news is that there’s more free support available than ever. You can pop into a pharmacy for local, expert advice, or call Quit Your Way Scotland for help to quit.
“Use our hashtag #TellUsYourWay to post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and make a statement about how you quit smoking. We want to hear your stories and pictures of how you quit – we’re looking to share your experiences and encourage others to quit their way.”
“You can also use No Smoking Day as your day to quit - tell your friends and family that you've chosen to stop smoking and how you're going to do it. Letting other people know your plans helps you commit to quitting and helps your friends and family to support and motivate you.”
NHS stop-smoking services in the Western Isles are supporting No Smoking Day. If you want to quit, you can call your friendly local advisors direct on 01851 701623 for free expert advice and help.
Or you can call the national helpline, Quit Your Way Scotland, on 0800 84 84 84.