THE armed forces is usually not the place for quitters – but sailors and staff at HMS Collingwood were proud to be just that at an event to stop smoking.
Sailors from the Fareham base’s dental department rolled out the annual stop smoking campaign by the British Heart Foundation called I’m Proud to be a Quitter.
Accompanied by Big Cig – a man in a giant cigarette costume – Able Dental Nurse Christina Brocklebank and Leading Dental Hygienist Pip Dredge visited departments across the base to talk to people who wanted to kick the habit.
Christina and the team handed out mouth cancer examination packs as well as information wheels that showed how much money people would save from quitting.
Christina said: ‘No Smoking Day is one of our biggest campaigns of the year.
‘We wanted to raise awareness of the support available for people who were looking to give up smoking such as the Nicotine Replacement Therapy Course – something that is available to all military personnel free of charge.
‘We’ve spoken to lots of people and most people have been impressed with how much money they would save by giving up.
‘Hopefully, the information we’ve given to people will prove useful to them in their decision to give up.’