Smoking event marks milestone

The NHS celebrated 65 years on Friday with a stand in the Abbeygate Centre. They were also helping the public to try and give up smoking with the three ladies from the Health Improvement Team. Pictured are, from left - Tim Freeman, RM Condor, Kelly Cruickshanks, Lisa McLaughlin, Carolyn Aitken and Jamie Colebrooke RM Condor.
The NHS celebrated 65 years on Friday with a stand in the Abbeygate Centre. They were also helping the public to try and give up smoking with the three ladies from the Health Improvement Team. Pictured are, from left - Tim Freeman, RM Condor, Kelly Cruickshanks, Lisa McLaughlin, Carolyn Aitken and Jamie Colebrooke RM Condor.

The 65th anniversary of the NHS was marked in Arbroath on Friday with a special event to help smokers kick the habit.

NHS staff manned a stand in the Abbeygate where they wore vintage nurses uniforms and demonstrated the social change in smoking habits and changes in legislation from the birth of the NHS to the present day.

The event looked at smoking through the ages, from the 1940s where soldiers were encouraged to smoke cigarettes in their rations to the smoking ban in public places.

Angus Community Health Partnership and Tayside Smoke Free Services celebrated the anniversary by displaying their ‘Smoking Through the Decades’ memorabilia.

The team were on hand to discuss the changes throughout the decades and also provide information to those wishing to stop smoking.

They offered information about the service and products that help people to quit smoking and carbon monoxide testing was also available to smokers.

A serving soldier from 45 Commando took part as a 1940s soldier and 7 commando Battery Royal Artillery, RM Condor Arbroath and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre provided vintage uniforms and tobacco paraphernalia.

There has been a dramatic shift in social patterns as in 1896 tobacco was declared as an effective way of preventing disease by UK doctors, until a Medical Research Council study in 1954 showed the link between smoking and lung cancer.  

NHS Tayside smoking cessation co-ordinator Kelly Cruickshanks said: “The NHS was born in 1948, based on the ideal that high quality health care would be free for all at the point of delivery regardless of wealth and I’m extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation that still believes in these values today.”