Kick the habit

SMOKERS are being encouraged to give up smoking following a study that shows the danger of passive smoking to children.

A recent study by Imperial College researchers discovered that children regularly exposed to smoking are three times more likely to contract lung cancer in later life than those in non-smoking homes.

The study tracked the progress of more than 123,000 people over seven years – some of whom, had never smoked, others had stopped smoking, but all had been exposed to second-hand smoke during childhood. They also found that ex-smokers are twice as likely to develop respiratory diseases from passive smoking than non-smokers. This is believed to be because their lungs are already damaged from smoking previously.

The Buckinghamshire Stop Smoking Service offers free support and advice for people who are serious about giving up. For more information about how to stop smoking or for details on your nearest Stop Smoking clinics, call the Buckinghamshire Stop Smoking Service on 01494 552208.

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