Time to ditch love of smoking on Valentine's Day
Stop smoking advisers are urging people to look after their heart this Valentine's Day.
Staff at Sirona Care and Health say smokers' love of tobacco is damaging their hearts. As part of the Get a Life campaign, smoking advisers are urging people to kick the habit for good – and ensure their heart stays healthy.
The campaign, run by Sirona and The Bath Chronicle, aims to make the city the healthiest place in the country.
Health development manager Richard Merrett said: "The problem is this is a love that hurts.
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"Tobacco is a lover that doesn't care about your health, prematurely ages you, is demanding, takes over your life, takes your money, and drains your energy.
"What kind of lover is this?"
Sirona is urging people to "dump smoking" and make a date with one of its advisers next Thursday.
Mr Merrett added: "Smoking affects all of the body, including the heart, impacts on the ability to exercise as it damages the lungs and is responsible for 90 per cent of limb amputations.
"Smoking really does have a devastating effect on the body but as specialists, stop smoking advisers understand it is also very addictive and giving up is hard.
"This is why we are here to help and encourage everyone when they decide to quit – whether it's the first time they have tried or the fifth.
"We are not here to judge people on why they smoke but we are here to help them stop because we know the benefits to them, their families and their friends are immense if they do."
The Get a Life campaign challenges people to improve their health, eat better and quit smoking.
Sirona runs a range of drop-in sessions to help smokers as well as a dedicated phone line for people wanting lifestyle advice.
Those who see one of the stop smoking advisers for at least six weeks and set a date to quit smoking before March 31 will receive a £10 Boots voucher once they have stopped smoking for at least four weeks.
To sign up, call 01225 831852, or go to www.sirona-cic.org. uk.