Local smokers urged to kick the habit

A SCOTTISH Government scheme will be visiting Glenrothes next month to encourage people to stop smoking.

A Scottish Government community engagement team will be visiting locations across Scotland to inform and advise smokers who want to quit. Visitors will be able to take lung ageing and carbon monoxide tests and also pick up quit calendars to support them through their quit attempts. The community engagement roadshow visits the Kingdom Centre on 8 February and will be there from 9am-5pm. A new Scottish Government-commissioned survey suggests four in ten smokers (42 per cent) in Mid Scotland & Fife are smoking at least 15 cigarettes per day and that 56 per cent are making an attempt to stop smoking as a New Year resolution. For the vast majority of these, health (74 per cent) and money (63 per cent) are cited as the top two reasons for quitting. Smokeline advisor Tracy Downs said: “Whether you’re a smoker making your first attempt to quit smoking or a recent quitter simply looking for some support, Smokeline’s advisers can offer a wide range of support and advice to suit your circumstances.” Call smokeline on 0800848484.