Smokers urged to break the habit

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KIRKCALDY and Levenmouth’s 20,342 smokers are being urged to make 2013 the year they quit for good – and to take advantage of the wide range of NHS services to help make it happen.

Giving up smoking is one of the most common New Year resolutions but people are more likely to succeed if they get help, rather than going it alone.

A new national campaign has been launched and aims to make people aware of the support available and how to access it.

As part of this year’s campaign, leading retailer Asda has teamed up with the Scottish Government to help shoppers stub it out for good.

A 20-a-day smoker spends on average £50 a week on cigarettes, so to highlight this cost, the Scottish Government and Asda have produced an ‘alternative’ shopping list, showing the money saved on breaking a 20-a-day habit could feed a family of four for a week.

Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, said quitting smoking was one of the best things someone could do to improve their health.

Call Smokeline free on 0800 848484 for advice.