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July 14, 2003 11:14 AM

GIVE up the fags and get the chance of winning a year's membership of Glasgow's leisure facilities.

That was the challenge to 75 smokers from 13 Glasgow workplaces.

The gauntlet was thrown down by NHS Greater Glasgow's Health at Work staff who challenged the puffers to take part in their annual Quit & Win competition.

All the smokers had to do was pledge to quit for three months.

They were offered advice on how to quit at their place of work and put in touch with Smoking Concerns, NHS Greater Glasgow's stop smoking helpline (0141 201 9825), for information on local stop smoking groups.

A monthly draw took place for those employees who were still smoke free and, after three months, there were still 16 people in with a chance of winning the top prize – a year's membership to the Glasgow Club, Glasgow City Council's leisure membership scheme.

And the winner? It was Maria Adams from the Victoria Infirmary. Anna Jolly who works at the Inland Revenue won the second prize of a Red Letter Day gift.

Lisa Buck from Health at Work said: "I'd like to congratulate all the smokers who successfully gave up smoking.  It's not easy giving up nicotine, but using Zyban and Nicotine Replacement products like patches and gum can ease cravings and double your chances of quitting. Hopefully, with continued support from their employer and the Health Service, they will stub it out once and for all."

Companies taking part in the initiative include Glasgow City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Turning Point, the Inland Revenue, Siemens Business Services and NHS Greater Glasgow.

This is just one of the many initiatives that workplaces can get involved in. To benefit both employer and employees, they can join the Scotland's Health at Work scheme (SHAW), a national scheme that rewards companies who create a healthier workplace.

Lisa revealed that there are more than 100 Glasgow companies and organisations who are signed up to SHAW – around 100,000 employees (approx. one third of the Glasgow workforce).

Health at Work offers free training, resources and health advice in the workplace and supports SHAW registered companies to achieve their award.

Any organisation can receive support from Health at Work or register for SHAW – contact 0141 314 0024, or visit .






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