The statistics are horrid – over 30% of Salford's population smoke, which equates to almost 500 early deaths every year. And 21% of women smoke during pregnancy which is well higher than the national average. The good news is that people who use the support of the NHS to stop smoking are four times more likely to stop smoking than those who use willpower alone.
Now NHS Salford is launching huge campaigns to help the city's smokers quit. Currently running is the Salford Legends campaign, backed by Salford City Reds players, which is encouraging people to sign up to be a Salford Legend by making a resolution to quit smoking.
As part of the deal, there's an online Legends Personal Tracker where you create a personal profile, enter the number of cigarettes you usually have each day of the week, and then compare it to the amount you smoke since trying to stop. At the end of every week, the tracker will also add up the amount of money saved by smoking less.
"I'd encourage anyone who's thinking of stopping smoking to contact the Salford Legends team" says Salford City Reds player Stephen Wild "They'll help you stop in the way you want to, and will give you the inspiration you need, like our coaches!
"It's up to everyone in Salford to make it a healthier place to live and stopping smoking is one of the biggest ways we can make a difference for our family, friends and community" he adds "Sign up today and become a Salford Legend for us all."
Last year over 1600 people quit smoking in Salford, and now the NHS is encouraging anyone who hasn't had a go to try it out – with major support and encouragement on hand.
Salford's Stop Smoking Services advisors can be contacted at 0161 212 4050 or you can text: QUIT with your name and postcode to 81066
Find other advice at www.salfordlegends.com or click here for the personal tracker
Further details on No Smoking Day March 9th will appear here shortly