More than 100 health professionals and community representatives are meeting in Glasgow today (Wednesday January 25) to draw up plans for national No Smoking Day on March 8.
The event takes place just three weeks before the national ban on smoking in enclosed public places comes into effect on March 26, and the 12-month phased introduction of the smoking ban covering NHS Greater Glasgow's sites.
Health professionals and community activists are gathering in The Teacher Building in St Enoch's Square to discuss ideas for action, receive an update on smoking cessation services, and the countdown to a smokefree Scotland.
Lisa Buck, Senior Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow's Smoking Concerns Team, said:
"The day has been organised by our Health at Work and Smoking Concerns teams to give people like nurses, midwives and invited community representatives the opportunity to get together and prepare for No Smoking Day and the national ban which comes into force later that month.
"Our teams are also using the event to explain what is available in terms of services throughout Greater Glasgow for people who want to quit, such as smoking cessation groups and our successful, pharmacy led ‘Starting Fresh' which uses Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
"We will also outline the impact of the new legislation, and new responsibilitiesand requirements for employers."
The event will also include the fifth annual launch of the workplace "Quit and Win" competition, organised by NHS Greater Glasgow's Health at Work team.
It is open to companies and organisations throughout Greater Glasgow and runs for 12 weeks, beginning on No Smoking Day.
Last year 85 employees from 11 different organisations took part, and 31 people successfully completed the three month period.
The aim is to encourage, motivate and support individuals who are considering stopping smoking.
While the commitment of participants to quitting is taken on trust, Health at Work representatives may ask employees taking part to blow into a carbon monoxide detector before the final date.
Prizes for quitters include membership of the Glasgow Club, sports facilities run by Glasgow City Council's Culture and Leisure Services, and gift vouchers for sports shops.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The No Smoking Day Briefing is being held at The Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch's Square, Glasgow, from 9 am to 12 noon.
For general information about No Smoking Day in Scotland, a registered charity calendar date, visit:
To view the Health at Work website, log on to www.healthatwork.org.uk
For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow, tel. 0141 201 4429.