Trust wins accolade for ‘No smoking day’

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and CAMQUIT have won the ‘Best Health Setting Activity Award’ for No Smoking Day 2011

A special event was held earlier this year which was hosted by The Trust hosted a special event earlier this year when the theme of the day was ‘Time to Quit’ and activities were organised and led by a team of 16 people.

The smoking cessation team had a stand which showed photographs of skin damage caused by smoking with the caption ‘Don’t let your skin age before your time – Time to Quit’. Other activities revolving round the theme included quizzes, smoothie making, dancing, mindfulness training, oral health advice, relaxation time, nutritional advice, photography, exercise and sports session. Every person attending received a toothbrush with a time motto.

The event received recognition from the No Smoking Day campaign team which has now joined forces with the British Heart Foundation. The competition was particularly tough this year with more than 160 entries for the awards.

Duncan Bannatyne, ambassador for No Smoking Day said: “With more than nine million UK adults hooked on smoking, the work of local organisers is crucial in helping them get the advice and support they need to kick the habit for good. The team at Fulbourn Hospital impressed us with their energy and creativity.”

No Smoking Day is responsible for helping more than 750,000 people across the UK attempt to stop smoking on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them quit. Plans for next No Smoking Day on March 14, 2012 are already under-way across the country.