Cheshire West and Chester Council, its Interim Director of Public Health, Fiona Reynolds and the British Heart Foundation are calling on the Borough's approximately 54,600 smokers to support the national No Smoking Day on 11 March.
Around 16.5% of adults aged 18 and over smoke and although this figure is lower than the national average of 18.4% and lower than local figures in 2010 and 2011, an increase in smokers has been recorded between 2012 and 2013.
This No Smoking Day, the British Heart Foundation is calling on smokers to bust the common myths associated with smoking and commit to quitting on March11. The charity expects nearly one million smokers to attempt to quit on the day.
Their research is the first of its kind to compare the prevalence of anxiety and depression in smokers, non-smokers, and long-term ex-smokers.
The study of nearly 6,500 people over the age of 40 found that 18.3% of smokers reported suffering depression and anxiety compared to 10% of non-smokers and 11.3% of ex-smokers. This counters the perception of more than a third (36%) of UK smokers who believe the habit is a stress buster.
Fiona Reynolds, Interim Director of Public Health said: "Smoking is the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and early death in the United Kingdom. It is associated with a number of cancers as well as cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory conditions.
"It is also associated with problems in pregnancy and infant mortality. It is important to note the date of March 11 for all smokers in Cheshire West and Chester."
The Council operates a Stop Smoking Service which is administered by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust in West Cheshire and By Kick Start in Vale Royal.
Details are as follows:
CWP Stop Smoking Service:
Telephone: 0800 043 5134
Text: quit4good to 60777
Ed: "There is also help from the NHS here"