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CITY SLICKERS STUB OUT

October 30, 2003 10:57 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow's Smoking Concerns and Scotland's Health at Work have joined forces and are today launching a new city centre stop smoking group.

Aimed at local businesses and employers, Strathclyde Police, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Strathclyde University, Inland Revenue and Exult have already signed up and are actively encouraging their staff to stub it out.

Groups will run for seven weeks with sessions lasting for one hour.  The first two sessions will distribute information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Zyban, withdrawal symptoms, cravings and how to cope.  Attendees will have an opportunity to decide if this is the right time for them to quit.

Week three will be quit week when all attendees quit together.  Weeks four to seven will be based around group support.

At the end of the group sessions, attendees who have managed to stop smoking will be presented with a certificate and will receive continued support from their pharmacist for a further seven weeks.                

Rebecca Smith at Smoking Concerns said:  "The groups will be lively and are a great way for determined smokers to quit with support from others who are going through the same experience.

"Employers or employees interested in being involved in future groups or just looking for more information should contact myself at Smoking Concerns on 0141 201 9825."

ENDS

For further information contact Lorraine Dick on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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