Give up smoking and help in cancer fight

File photo dated 19/06/2007 of a man smoking. More than half of smokers do not appreciate the risks associated with the habit, the NHS said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 2, 2012. The research from NHS Smokefree revealed that 53% of smokers underestimate the number of annual deaths from smoking-related diseases by at least 70,000. The actual number of such deaths is more than 80,000. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
File photo dated 19/06/2007 of a man smoking. More than half of smokers do not appreciate the risks associated with the habit, the NHS said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 2, 2012. The research from NHS Smokefree revealed that 53% of smokers underestimate the number of annual deaths from smoking-related diseases by at least 70,000. The actual number of such deaths is more than 80,000. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A pharmacy is urging smokers to hand over their cigarettes and tobacco and in return a donation will be made to Cancer UK.

Apsley’s MedicX Pharmacy is hosting tobacco amnesty on Friday to mark World No Tobacco Day and wants people to take the opportunity to make a healthy life change.

Manager Herpreet Sharma said: “We work closely with many patients through our smoking cessation services to help people develop effective strategies to stop smoking.

“We thought holding a tobacco amnesty would be an excellent incentive to those who want to quit – not only will it deliver enormous benefits to the patient but also, thanks to support from MedicX Pharmacy, benefit Cancer UK.”

The pharmacy in London Road has pledged to match the value of the materials handed in with a donation to the good cause.

World No Tobacco Day is organised by the World Health Organisation to highlight the risks associated with tobacco use, which kills nearly six million people each year.

Specially trained advisers are on hand at MedicX to offer one-to-one help and advice to smokers.