IF you thought you were seeing things when confronted by a lifesize cigarette parading around the St Enoch Centre today (Wednesday), then think again!
Smokers from across Glasgow were taking a break from their shopping trips on National No Smoking Day (March 10) to find out more about giving tobacco a kick in the teeth.
The St Enoch Centre event saw determined NHS Greater Glasgow staff help hoards of puffers ditch the habit once and for all. And with pharmacists on hand with everything from information about the chemist quit scheme to starter supplies of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), there was little excuse for not giving ciggies the heave-ho!
Agnes McGowan, frontwoman of NHS Greater Glasgow's Smoking Concerns team, said: "The day was a great success and Radio Clyde's lively broadcast at the event really pulled in the crowds. So with quitters being interviewed and prizes dished out, it was fun as well and helpful to people who want to stop smoking.
Agnes went on: "It was good for smokers to talk to Smoking Concerns staff face-to-face and find out about the smoking cessation groups that are operating all over the city, offering NRT as well as the help and support that being in a group offers.
"In addition, people could speak to pharmacists and find out about the community chemist scheme ‘Starting Fresh' that offers individual support and NRT prescriptions.
As well as the vital ongoing Smoking Concerns and pharmacy work, workplace ‘quit' groups have been set up around the city to help workmates stop smoking together. These groups involve the 120 workplaces currently signed up to Scotland's Health At Work in Glasgow.
Details of participating pharmacies are available from freephone number 0800 389 3210, while general advice on stopping smoking is available from a Scottish helpline on 0800 84 84 84.
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