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SSAFA Win No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year

19 November 2014

SSAFA Win No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year

SSAFA has won the Best Workplace Activity campaign in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year competition.


SSAFA Win No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year

Karen Oliveira, SSAFA Nurse Advisor for Health Protection and Promotion commented: “This year’s No Smoking Day event was a great opportunity to highlight the risks of smoking whilst introducing an element of fun, camaraderie and team work to military personnel based in Germany.

“SSAFA medical and dental teams were involved, along with members of Army unit Queen’s Royal Hussars, based in Sennelager, British Forces Germany. We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for our efforts and have already seen noticeable differences in attitudes to smoking. This was just one of the many events that SSAFA and the military undertake to demonstrate our commitment to improving health and wellbeing amongst all serving personnel, to ensure they are fit for duties and fit for life.”

The success of No Smoking Day is built on the commitment of thousands of local organisers across the UK and every year the BHF celebrates the ingenuity of local organisers with the Organiser of the Year competition.

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “With just under one in five adults in the UK hooked on smoking, the work of organisations like SSAFA is vital in helping them get the support and advice they need to quit for good.

“SSAFA impressed us with their enthusiasm, originality, and ultimately, their success in helping smokers quit.”

No Smoking Day is one of the UK's biggest annual health awareness campaigns. In 2014, the BHF helped hundreds of thousands of smokers take the first step on their quitting journey by highlighting the resources and help available to them.

No Smoking Day 2015 will be held on March 11 and will have a ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ theme, which is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to believe in their ability to quit.

Get involved in No Smoking Day 2015.