HEALTH chiefs are urging smokers to 'commit to quit' as part of efforts to reduce the number of premature deaths.

The plea has been issued by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

Smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of public health at NHSGGC, said: “Quitting tobacco has immediate and long-term health benefits and can also relieve some of the financial pressures on households.

"How you quit tobacco is your choice. Different ways work for different people. It's all about finding what works best for you.

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our Quit Your Way stop smoking services have helped more than 8,700 people make a quit attempt, with one in three remaining smoke-free at 12 weeks."

Quit Your Way services are free and offer access to specially-trained stop smoking advisors, as well as free nicotine replacement therapy and other medication.

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