No Smoking Day 2019

Everyone knows someone that smokes cigarettes.

But do they know how harmful it is to their health?

No Smoking Day aims to bring awareness to the dangers of harmful addiction and spotlights effective resources that will assist those who want to quit and find the best possible way to quit for them. No Smoking Day was founded in 1984 and continuously grown into the internationally renowned day it is today.

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHS), quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for the health of your heart. BHS also add that smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. By quitting smoking you will be improving your health by reducing your risk for several other health issues, these include coronary heart disease, stroke, and several different cancers.

The World Cancer Research Fund has claimed that smoking tobacco is the leading cause of cancer worldwide, causing approximately 7 million deaths each year. It is said that tobacco contains more than 60 known carcinogens that have been proved to cause cancer. The NHS identifies smoking as the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer - in which they estimate it to be responsible for about 85% of cases, but smoking can cause other types of cancer including, breast, bowel, liver, and mouth. They add that if someone smokes more than 25 cigarettes a day they are 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than a non-smoker.

It has been found by the Action on Smoking and Health group that smoking costs the NHS in England approximately £2 billion a year for treating diseases directly attributed to smoking. This figure contains the cost of hospital admissions, GP consultations and prescriptions - in addition to any operations or treatments for other smoking-related diseases. Furthermore, the think tank Policy Exchange estimated that the overall cost of smoking-related issues to the taxpayer to be as high as £14 billion.

However, Richard Steyn, Consultant Surgeon at University Hospitals Birmingham, and the chair of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition is leading a seminar at the Oncology Convention. His seminar will discuss the target of doubling five-year UK lung cancer survival to 25% by 2025. Richard will discuss how these targets can be met and what procedures need to be in place to help achieve this target. Because lung cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, you can reduce the chance of contracting it by reducing the number of cigarettes smoked, the number of terminal lung cancer cases will be decreased - helping achieve the target of lung cancer survivors to 25%. The aim of the European Oncology Convention is to raise awareness of the new advancements in cancer, in both the studying and treatment of cancers.

Follow this link to see the full lineup of seminars at the event.

The European Oncology Convention takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 26th and 27th March, running alongside the rest of the Prysm Medical Portfolio, so register for your free tickets at the top of the page to guarantee your place.