As smokers across the UK make attempts to stub out today (Wednesday) for No Smoking Day, NHS Greater Glasgow will host its annual event at the St Enoch Centre.
The day-long event - which will have George Bowie leading the Radio Clyde Roadshow from 12noon til 2pm - will see Smoking Concerns staff giving out advice and support, with pharmacy staff on hand offering everything from information about the chemist quit scheme, to starter supplies of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy).
Lisa Buck, Senior Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow's Smoking Concerns team, said: "The 2005 theme for the day in Glasgow is "Wake Up to No Smoking Day" and we're really hoping this year will be just as successful as last year.
"The St Enoch Centre event is a great chance for smokers and their family and friends to talk to Smoking Concerns staff face-to-face and find out about the smoking cessation groups that are operating all over the city.
"In addition, it lets people speak to pharmacy staff and find out about the community chemist scheme - Starting Fresh - that offers individual support and NRT prescriptions.
"And with the Radio Clyde roadshow on board, the event should really pull in the crowds."
As well as the vital ongoing Smoking Concerns and pharmacy work across Greater Glasgow, Health at Work has organised more than 50 workplaces to run events to help their staff quit smoking. This workplace emphasis is aimed at preparing employees for the new Scottish smoking regulations due to come into force in March 2006.
The Senior Health Promotion Officer added: "No Smoking Day will also see NHS Greater Glasgow staff present information stalls at places like the Fort Shopping Centre and Asda in Toryglen, which are further ways to reach out to Glasgow people and take another step towards tackling smoking in our city."
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
* No Smoking Day (www.nosmokingday.org) is a registered charity calendar date and is contributed to by an alliance of the UK's health promotion agencies and major health charities.
* 33% of adults in the Greater Glasgow area are smokers and research has shown that more than two thirds of them would like give up.
* Smokers can get help to quit by calling Smoking Concerns on 0141 201 9825. Details of Greater Glasgow pharmacies participating in the Starting Fresh Scheme are available from freephone number 0800 389 3210.
* Other events will be held across the city on Wednesday to mark No Smoking Day and provide information on what support is available across Greater Glasgow. These include: a stall at The Fort Shopping Centre from approx 10am until 4pm, with trained staff giving information to customers on stopping smoking and staying smoke-free; a similar event in The Forge Shopping Centre, 10am until 4pm; a similar stall at the Asda store in Toryglen from approx 10.30am until 4pm; and a similar event in The Braes Shopping Centre, Castlemilk, from 9am until 4pm.
* For basic information on the stop smoking work across Greater Glasgow, visit: www.smokingconcerns.com
For further information, contact:
Caroline Jarvie Tel: 0141 201 4447 or
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