Slimmers urged to kick the smoking habit too


SCOTS slimmers are being urged to make two resolutions this year and give up smoking too under a new NHS programme.

As part of a partnership between the Scottish Government and Scottish Slimmers, dieters will be able to get stop smoking support at their weekly slimming classes.

Giving up smoking is one of the most common New Year resolutions but the Scottish Government says people are more likely to succeed if they get help, rather than going it alone.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said: “Giving up smoking is the biggest single thing anyone can do to improve their health but you’re more likely to succeed if you get help, rather than relying on willpower alone.

“There’s a huge range of support available – from face-to-face or online to nicotine replacement therapy and group classes – and Smokeline can help you find the quit method that’s right for you.

“This year we have teamed up with Scottish Slimmers to help people quit at the same time as they’re shedding pounds.

“This is particularly relevant as many people fear they’ll actually put on weight if they give up smoking so might put off the decision to quit.

“However, with the right support dieters can give up too and get twice the benefit for their health. This partnership with Scottish Slimmers is another example of how many and varied ways there are to quit smoking.”

Alexandra Howie, marketing director of Scottish Slimmers, said: “New year is the ideal time to take a fresh look at your lifestyle and identify simple ways to improve your health such as giving up smoking or losing weight.

“However, we know from experience that many people try to go it alone and often find it difficult to stay motivated and focused.

“We’re confident that, with the combined support Scottish Slimmers and Smokeline, those looking to makeover their lives in the New Year are more likely to receive to support and advice they need to be successful.”

For further information on the various quit methods available, plus advice and support call Smokeline on 0800 848484 or visit

A free DVD to help people is available by texting ‘quit’ to 83434 or text ‘match’ to 83434 to request a call back from Smokeline.

The stop smoking campaign runs online and on radio for eight weeks.