Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK are significantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day we are being urged to give up the fags for good.

Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% of women in general population.

Smoking kills more than 112,000 people in the UK each year, making it the country’s biggest preventable killer.

The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.

Dan Tickle, chief executive of the charity No Smoking Day said:

“No Smoking Day is the ideal opportunity to quit smoking and significantly improve the quality of your life.

“Why not take The Great No Smoking Day Challenge and stop smoking?

“Get support and help from your local stop smoking day and increase your chance of success by up to four times.”

No Smoking Day is Wednesday 12th March.