Health experts are urging Lancashire’s smokers to contact their stop smoking service and quit for good on No Smoking Day on Wednesday.
Around 22% of the county’s population smokes, which is higher than the national average.
Research has shown that people are four times more likely to quit for good if they contact their local Stop Smoking Service and Lancashire County Council is encouraging them to call today.
County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “If you’re thinking about quitting, today is the ideal time to contact your stop smoking service.
“The services offer free information and support to help you break the habit and access to medication that can help ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
“The average smoker loses 16 years of life and suffers many more years of ill health than a non-smoker”.