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Leicester nurses take e-cigarette message to shoppers

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Specialist nurses in Leicester will be promoting e-cigarettes to the public later this month, as part of efforts to boost smoking cessation.

Lung cancer specialist nurses at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will run a stall at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre on Thursday 16 November from 9am-4pm.

“We want to show the public what to look for, who to see and to learn to love their lungs”

Sharon Savory

The “key message” this year is that using e-cigarettes are a “great way” to reduce the harm caused by smoking tobacco, said those behind the initiative.

The day is part of national lung cancer awareness month during November and is being used in Leicester to try and educate the public about the importance of looking after their lungs.

“Everyone is invited to take a break from their shopping to learn about the early signs and symptom recognition of lung cancer,” said the trust.

It noted that this year’s efforts followed last year when the team used a pair of giant inflatable lungs to try and grab the attention of local students.

Sharon Savory, Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “There are on average 500 plus patients a year diagnosed with lung cancer in Leicester and Leicestershire.

“The aim of lung cancer awareness month is to promote early symptom recognition and encourage the public to see their GP early,” she said. “We want to show the public what to look for, who to see and to learn to love their lungs.”

She added: “We will be joined on the day by our smoking cessation colleagues, Roy Castle Lung foundation, and Mesothelioma UK. The lung nurses are all Macmillan post holders.”

Louise Ross, stop smoking service manager for Leicester City Council, said: “We know that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, and that people who switch to vaping do very well with their quit attempt.”

 

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