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Roadshow visits Rochdale as make smoking history campaign sparks interest

21 March 2018

Red card given to cigarette character by Rochdale Football Clubs Mascot.

A roadshow in Rochdale town centre will drive home the health risks of smoking as Greater Manchester gears up to make smoking history.

The ambitious campaign aims to stub out smoking and ensure the region becomes the first place in the world to make smoking history within the next decade.

The interactive roadshow will be calling at Rochdale's Exchange Shopping Centre on Thursday, 22 March 2018 from 10am-2pm.

Experts will be on hand to offer information, guidance and support to anyone wanting to kick the habit.

Smokers will also be offered an immediate reading of carbon monoxide, the poisonous gas that causes heart disease, in their body.

Nearly 1 in 5 people across the borough of Rochdale smoke and there are hundreds of preventable deaths every year.

As part of the campaign residents are being asked to give their views about the plan to radically cut adult smoking and deliver a tobacco free generation.

'It would be great if we can work together to help make smoking history'

Councillor Sameena Zaheer, assistant cabinet member for public health, said: "It would be great if everyone can work together across the borough to help making smoking history.

The more public health messages we send out the better. I'm sure the Rochdale roadshow will be really well attended and help even more people stop smoking and lead healthier lives."

Anyone wanting help to quit smoking can find out more and contact the council's stop smoking service: