AN event to educate smokers about the dangers of buying cheap cigarettes has been hailed a success.
Representatives from Smokefree Solihull, the NHS Stop Smoking service, and HM Revenue and Customs attended the Chelmsley Wood talk, spreading the word about the dangers of buying on the cheap - fake tobacco, often containing dead insects, floor sweepings and even rat droppings are frequently used in the cigarettes.
The meeting also discovered that 14 per cent of the smokers spoken to had bought cheap cigarettes locally and all were offered information on what was in the cheap tobacco in an effort to make them think twice before breaking the law and buying it in the future.
Stop Smoking advisors also tested the carbon monoxide levels of 38 smokers to find the levels of toxins in their breath from smoking, whilst speaking to 71 smokers about quitting the habit.
Denise Milnes from Smokefree Solihull said: “Fake cigarettes can often seem like an attractive offer to smokers,” she said, “however, the truth is that they have been found to contain all sorts of foreign materials and smokers have no way of knowing what’s in them.
To find out more about Smokefree Solihull, visit www.solihull.nhs.co.uk/smokefreesolihull or call 0800 015 2512.