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Firefighters from Hull Central Fire Station will be at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre on Wednesday 8 March to support No Smoking Day, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks of smoking.

used cigarettes and ash in a pile

According to the Head of Prevention, Sarah Wilkinson, “Smoking significantly increases the danger of fire and is the primary cause of fire-related deaths in the UK. Smoking related fires in the Humber region were found to be caused mainly by cigarettes not being stubbed out properly, with 88% of fires originating from this reason. It is important for individuals to consider the fire hazards associated with smoking and smoking materials as a motivating factor to quit.”

For smokers not ready to kick the habit this No Smoking Day, it is important to follow these smoking safety tips:

  • Never smoke in bed
  • Always use a proper ashtray, never put cigarettes directly into a bin
  • Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around – they can easily fall over and start a fire
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you are tired, taking prescription drugs or if you have been drinking
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children

Never give up on giving up. Every time you try to stop smoking, you’re a step closer to success. For more information and support on stopping smoking, visit this NHS website: