Monica Urges Smokers To ‘Quit And Win’ On No Smoking Day 2024

Monica is urging smokers to access free support to help them to break the habit ahead of No Smoking Day.

Backing a health charity’s Quit and Win campaign, the Scottish Labour and Co-op politician is encouraging Lanarkshire residents to reap the health and fitness benefits and financial savings that can be gained by giving up cigarettes.

No Smoking Day on 13 March 2024 is an annual event promoted by charity ASH Scotland. The organisation is raising awareness of the many ways quitting smoking can help people live a healthier life, including halving the risk of developing lung, mouth, throat, pancreas, bladder, oesophagus and larynx cancer after five to 10 years of being tobacco-free.

Monica says that people can find it “really tough” to stop smoking and should be given more help to live a healthier life and prevent life-threatening illnesses.

Image of Monica Lennon MSP supporting ASH Scotland’s ‘Quit and Win’ No Smoking Day campaign with Sheila Duffy from the health charity at the Scottish Parliament

The charity also advises that an average smoker who gives up tobacco on No Smoking Day would save more than £3,000 within 12 months – money that could be better spent on a holiday or something special for themselves or their loved ones.

Monica said: “Tobacco is really addictive, so many people find it really tough to quit smoking.”

“I’m backing ASH Scotland’s No Smoking Day 2024 campaign ‘Quit and Win” because I want my constituents to know that help is out there.

“Quit Your Way Scotland provides great advice and support.

“We all know people who have died too young or become seriously ill because of smoking. Years of working in tobacco-filled pubs and being a heavy smoker gave my gran the lung cancer that killed her.

“These days there is a lot more help available and the health risks are better understood.

“So, whether you’re trying to give up smoking for the first time or trying again, make a commitment to yourself and those you care about on No Smoking Day to contact Quit Your Way Scotland.”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have Monica Lennon MSP’s support for our ‘Quit and Win’ campaign on No Smoking Day.

“Tobacco is still the biggest cause of preventable death in Scotland but people in Central Scotland who smoke can have a brighter future by using the expert stop smoking support, such as that provided for free by NHS Scotland’s Quit Your Way service, which can increase the chances of successful quit smoking attempts by three to four times.”

Anyone who has the goal of giving up smoking is advised to contact visit at or call the free helpline on 0800 848484.

ASH Scotland is tackling the tobacco industry head-on by campaigning to reduce the harms caused by smoking. For more information, follow the health charity’s social media channels on Instagram and Facebook.