Angus smokers encouraged to quit

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THE 20,686 adult smokers in Angus are being urged to make 2013 the year they quit for good - and to take advantage of the wide range of NHS services to help make it happen.

As part of this year’s campaign, leading retailer Asda has teamed up with the Scottish Government to help their shoppers kick the habit for good.

A 20-a-day smoker spends on average £50 a week on. To highlight this cost, the Scottish Government and Asda have produced an ‘alternative’ shopping list, showing that the money saved on breaking a 20-a-day habit could feed a family of four for a week.

The partnership will involve a Scottish Government community engagement team visiting seven Asda pharmacies in Scotland to inform and advise smokers who want to quit.

Customers will be able to take lung ageing and carbon monoxide tests and also pick up quit calendars to support them through their quit attempts. A cost calculator will be available in participating pharmacies to show smokers how much they’re spending on cigarettes. The partnership will highlight the support available to help customers stop smoking through both Asda pharmacies and through Smokeline.

In addition to visiting the seven Asda pharmacies, the Scottish Government community engagement team will also be visiting 27 other locations across Scotland to inform and advise smokers who want to quit. The community engagement roadshow will be visiting Asda at the Westway Retail Park in Arbroath on Tuesday, February 5.