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No smoking event at Cotswold Leisure Centre
A free swim is on offer at the new Cotswold Leisure Centre, Cirencester – for anyone who wants to find out how cigarette smoke is affecting their health.
To mark national No Smoking Day on March 8, smokers and non-smokers alike are being encouraged to take a simple test that measures how much carbon monoxide is in the body.
All people have to do is turn up at the current Cotswold Leisure Centre, in Tetbury Road, between 2pm and 7pm and blow into the special Smokerlyzer machine.
Cotswold District Council's Health Development Officer Jeanette Hughes will explain the results of your test – and hand over a voucher for a free swim in the new centre, which is due to open on April 4.
Jeanette said: "If you smoke or someone around you smokes your carbon monoxide levels may be higher than they should be. Taking this simple test is an easy way to find out."
"Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas. It makes breathing more difficult as it combines with the body's blood which carries oxygen around the body.
"Up to 15% of a smoker's blood may be carrying carbon monoxide instead of oxygen, which means the heart has to work harder, which can cause coronary heart disease and circulation problems."
"The results of the test are just for the participants' information but guidance on giving up smoking will be available for those who want it."
Research suggests 70% of those people who smoke would like to give up.
Jeanette added: "The good news is that the level of carbon monoxide in the blood falls almost immediately when people stop smoking. Within a couple of days, it will be the same as a non-smoker's – with the added benefit of more energy, better circulation and increased concentration."
People who take the test will also be entered into a free prize draw for a £50 gift voucher to be used in the new centre. Under-16s who want to take the test must be accompanied by an adult.
: 24/02/2006 17:23:28
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