The Proclaimers support Smokefree Hebrides at HebCelt


From dependence to independence is a journey NHS Western Isles hope many smokers will start this year.

The Western Isles Smoking Cessation Service aims to encourage people to kick the habit as part of a healthier lifestyle, and this year the service has the backing of The Proclaimers who are one of the headline acts at this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival.

The singing twins, Craig and Charlie Reid, say they are happy to support this initiative, which will include national No Smoking Day on 14 March.

Music fans trying to quit could win a chance to see The Proclaimers and other acts at the festival for free. By signing up to the campaign between No Smoking Day and the end of March, they can enter a competition to win VIP tickets to one of Scotland’s hottest summer festivals.

The Western Isles Health Board wants to see as many smokers as possible, currently dependent on cigarettes, give them up by Independence Day on July 4.

The Western Isles Health Board also wants to encourage people to take up walking and will be using The Proclaimers hit ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 miles’ as an incentive, issuing pedometers  to help volunteers try and walk 500 miles between the April 1 and the July 4 2012. The Paths to Health Team has all the information and support you will need to get walking that ‘500’ miles and now you can win a superb prize package as well as getting fit.

Staff will host stands at HebCelt to get over the Stop Smoking and Get Walking messages to festival goers, especially youngsters and families.

Joanne O’Donnell, NHS Western Isles smoking cessation coordinator, said:

“We are delighted The Proclaimers are backing the campaign. The Hebridean Celtic Festival is a major event attended by thousands of people both locally and from around the world. It is an ideal event to get over a really positive message about the benefits of stopping smoking and getting active. We would encourage people, to start small and set themselves realistic and achievable targets to help them towards stopping altogether and taking up physical activity.”

The Smokefree Hebrides team is waiting to help you QUIT smoking and is offering you the chance from anywhere within the Western Isles the opportunity to win tickets to the Hebridean Celtic Festival. Winners from the Southern Isles will also be assisted with overland travel to Stornoway. So don’t wait any longer, give us a call and let us help you to quit smoking, start walking and get healthy in time for the ‘Hebridean Celtic Festival’. You can call us on Smokefree Hebrides direct line; 01851 70 1623 and Paths to Health 01851 70 2712.