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A HEALTHY START TO 2003

January 30, 2003 4:08 PM

Local people in Cambuslang, Rutherglen and surrounding areas who have made a New Year's resolution to stop smoking are to get extra help and advice from support groups which are due to start next month. The groups, which will be run by smoking cessation trained staff, will be held in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area in February 2003. Designed to encourage and help people stop smoking, the courses will run for six weeks in total. Special stop smoking groups for mums-to-be are will also be available. Each year, approximately 120,000 UK smokers die from a smoking related disease which amounts to around 330 people a day. By giving up, smokers reduce the risk of developing lung cancer and other cancers, having a heart attack or stroke and contracting chronic lung disease. Iolanda Shaker, Public Health Practitioner, said:

"Stopping smoking is a typical New Year's resolution, but it can often be difficult to quit without help and support. Anyone interested in stopping smoking should call Maureen Deacon on 0141 531 6058 and leave their name, address and contact number and we will reserve a place on one of the groups for them."

Note to editors: Groups will be held at Cambuslang Family Centre, Johnson Drive, from Tue 11 February, 6.30pm-7.30pm; Rutherglen Primary Care Centre, 130 Stonelaw Road, from Thu 13 February, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Mums to be can attend Cambuslang Clinic, Johnston Drive, from Tue 11 Feb, from 3pm-4pm. All classes run for six weeks.

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