A STOP smoking support service is looking for volunteers to share their experiences of life threatening or life limited illness cause by smoking.

Stop Smoking Wales, the free NHS smoking cessation support service, is a high profile marketing campaign, which will run from September 8 on TV, radio and print, to encourage some of the 21 per cent of smokers in Wales to quit.

Dr Julie Bishop, consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wales, who is leading the campaign, said: “Research shows that one in every two smokers will die of a smoking related disease if they don’t quit. Sadly, most smokers underestimate this risk and don’t realise the harm they are doing to their life expectancy by smoking.

“We know that one of the most powerful ways to motivate people to quit smoking is by hearing other people’s stories of the dangers of smoking and the devastating effects a smoking-related illness can have.”

For more information contact stop.smoking@wales.nhs.uk or 0800 085 2219.