CROWDS of Clydebank shoppers joined a Radio Clyde DJ, an MSP and a walking cigarette on Saturday (May 24) to launch Glasgow's latest stop smoking move!
With tobacco related illnesses costing the NHS an estimated £14.4 million annually, the roll-out of the successful stop smoking scheme at Glasgow chemist stores is being welcomed with open arms.
Starting Fresh with The Glasgow Stop Smoking Project is bringing the city's 92 chemist stores into the growing scheme that lets the public receive everything from NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) to personal monitoring and advice, directly from their local pharmacist.
NHS staff who manned the information stands at the Clydebank Shopping Centre event welcomed Clydebank MSP Des McNulty (who stepped out of a taxi covered with the stop smoking campaign artwork) and Radio Clyde DJ Gina McKie who got the crowd going.
Pharmacist Facilitator, Liz Grant, said:
"The event in Clydebank was a great success. We had plenty of people who were keen to give our human cigarette a good kick!"
She went on:
"It was because of this that we decided to roll out the campaign and add more participating pharmacies to the list. People are now going straight to their chemist for help rather than going through their GP, and the numbers are rising every month."
"Six months after people finished their visits, we would check their progress and we found that 60% hadn't looked back.
"Last year 1000 people in Glasgow took part in our stop smoking programme at local chemists. That involved handing out everything from medical advice, to nicotine replacement patches and nasal sprays.
Clydebank MSP Des McNulty added:
"The impact tobacco has on Glasgow is dreadful, so by expanding vital support services we can look towards a brighter and less smoky future for our city."
"I was delighted to support the event at Clydebank as I'm fully supportive of the pharmacy scheme. It's an ideal way of reaching out to the public, without the need of hospitals or doctors.
For general information on how to stop smoking, call the new freephone support line on 08000 150 122.