Stop smoking stand at Access Office

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Angus Community Health Partnership’s smoking cessation team will be manning a stop smoking information stand tomorrow (Friday) in Arbroath Access Office.

People visiting the Access Office will be able to pick up tips and advice on how to stop smoking and kick the habit from members of Angus Community Health Partnership’s (CHP) smoking cessation team who will be at the office between 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Joining Angus CHP’s smoking cessation coordinator Kelly Cruickshanks will be smoking cessation advisor Lisa McLaughlin and team administrator Frances Joiner.

The team will be providing information on NHS Tayside’s stop smoking schemes ‘quit4u’ and ‘Give it for Baby’ as well as raising awareness about the free Quit Smoking Groups that are held across Angus.

These groups are run by smoking cessation advisors and smoking cessation coordinators and are held in Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, Carnoustie and Montrose. During the day people attending the office will also be able to have their carbon monoxide levels tested as the team will offering to test smokers and non-smokers who want to find out their carbon monoxide levels.

Kelly Cruickshanks said: “Giving up smoking is one of the most important lifestyle changes that can improve health. It is never too late to quit, and stopping now could add years to your life and improve your quality of life.

“We are offering to test carbon monoxide levels in smokers and non-smokers who may be exposed to the effects of passive smoking. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and is found in car exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke. When tobacco smoke is inhaled carbon monoxide is absorbed by the red blood cells that normally carry oxygen leading the body to be deprived of oxygen.

“If the body is deprived of oxygen, by replacing it with carbon monoxide, it can lead to a number of health problems. These include heart, circulation, breathing difficulties, headaches and tiredness as smokers have two to12 per cent of their blood oxygen replaced by carbon monoxide.

“It is important to remember that it is never too late to give up smoking and free classes are held across Angus at different times throughout the day and after work. If people are looking to stop smoking and would like more for information and support to do this, then they can join one of the groups. There is no need to book and smokers do not need to be referred by a GP or nurse.

“Having support when you want to stop smoking is very important in achieving success.”

For more information about Tayside Smoke Free Services call 0845 600 9996 or to find out more about local Quit Smoking Groups running in Angus call 01241 430303 extension 209.