THE price of seeing your income go up in smoke was highlighted to the public.
The organisation Fresh Start Wales had a stand at Wrexham’s Island Green shopping centre yesterday.
It featureda wheel of wealth which calculates how much money smokers can save if they quit buying tobacco.
Fresh Start Wales event manager Craig Hurford said: “Based on a packet costing £7.50, if smokers gets through 10 cigarettes a day they can save about £1,360 a year. We have had a lot of interest shown by people here today.”
It wasn’t only financial benefits drawing people’s attention at the stand.
The dangers to health from smoking were emphasised with a breakdown of the toxic nasties in cigarettes.
They include arsenic, cyanide, embalming fluid, battery fluid, ammonia, radioactive gas and paint stripper.
Among members of the public dropping in to take a look at the Fresh Start Wales stand was Sue Davies of Rhosnesni who said: “I didn’t realise that all those items were in cigarettes, It is a surprise.”
Her partner Paul Route said: “We both smoke about 10 a day and we are thinking about giving up.”
William Devereux from Rhos said: “I have quit before for about six months, but then I fell back into smoking.
“It is difficult because nicotine is highly addictive.
“I am currently off work as a technician because of deep vein thrombosis. I don’t know if it is due to smoking, but I have been advised to quit.”
Linda Davies from Ruthin has successfully given up cigarettes. She had her last hit of tobacco about 12 months ago.
Mrs Davies said: “It was hard going, but I certainly feel better for it.”
Members of staff at the Fresh Start Wales stand were giving away packs full of information to help smokers quit. Visitors were able to test their carbon monoxide levels and lung capacity while children had artistic fun colouring in with Patch the dragon, the mascot of Fresh Start Wales.
The dangers of breathing in second-hand smoke was highlighted.
Youngsters are particularly at risk, especially in the confined space of a car.
The Fresh Start Wales stand will be back in Wrexham tomorrow, this time based
at Queen’s Square from 10am to 3pm.