Smokers urged to quit the cigs

Event at Cavell Centre encouraged visitors to end habit and focus on fitness

Smokers urged to quit the cigs
22 October 2013

Staff and service users at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who smoke have been urged to quit.

That was the message at the Stoptober event at the Cavell Centre in Peterborough.

A range of information was available to visitors including the chance to try a machine which could record a users carbon monoxide levels.

The levels were measured on a scale - from non-smoker at one end to "dangerously addicted" at the other.

There were also a range of activities to test cardiovascular fitness including bowls, basketball and a rowing machine.

Physical activities facilitator Nora O’Shea (above), who organised the event on Monday, 21 October, said: "We want people to give up smoking, and to show what smoking does to the body.

"At the same time we want to show people the benefits of staying fit and having a healthy lifestyle. I hope today will convince a few people to give up the cigarettes and choose to do something far healthier instead."

David Williamson, an occupational therapist on Oak 1 Ward at the Cavell Centre (seen above testing the CO machine even though he's a non-smoker), said: "We're always keen to give advice to service users about smoking.

"We know that some people aren't going to give up straight away, but we encourage them to reduce their smoking with a view to stopping completely over time."

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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