You smoke, they smoke …

Somerset smokers can find out about the effects of their second-hand smoke on loved ones and their furry and feathered friends this ‘National No Smoking Day’ (Wednesday 9th March, 2016).

Somerset County Council and Smokefreelife Somerset will be promoting ‘No Smoking Day’ not only to highlight the benefits of quitting for its residents, but also for their pets.

A stop smoking stand and ‘Wellness on Wheels’ mobile clinic will be at Fore Street and Castle Green in Taunton, between 10am-4pm on Wednesday 9th March.

There will be advice and help to stop smoking with a helping hand from some larger than life pets. The costumed characters will help encourage smokers to stop and enforce the message that second hand smoke is worse for pets.

Pets spend more time at home, are always found close to humans and are often closer to carpets where carcinogenic particles linger.

Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet member with responsibility for health, Somerset County Council said: “Everyone knows the effects that second-hand smoking has on children and other adults however it is not commonly known that second-hand smoke is also dangerous to pets. I would encourage you to take this opportunity to come along and learn more.”

Tom White, Public Health Improvement Manager, said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. With support smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt.

“That’s why we will be out in force on No Smoking Day in Taunton educating smokers about the range of local services and resources available to them.”

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

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Notes to Editors:
For more information, contact the Somerset County Council Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk.