Olympic ace joins anti-smoking drive

Jemma Lowe
Jemma Lowe

OLYMPIC swimming star Jemma Lowe is encouraging smokers to lead healthier lives by taking part in the nation’s biggest ever quit smoking campaign.

The Hartlepool swimmer, who came sixth in the 200m butterfly final at the London Olympics, has is backing the Stoptober 28-day Department of Health initiativeto encourage the North-East’s 460,000 smokers to make a quit attempt during October.

Jemma, a former High Tunstall College of Science student, said: “Smoking kills over 2.5million people every year.

“Don’t let that number include you.

“Clearly, smoking can seriously affect your health.

“I urge everyone to take advantage of the help and support that is on offer to stop smoking. It’s your health, your family and your life.”

During Stoptober, people can take advantage of more free support than ever, including a Stoptober quitting kit, a daily messaging service and quitting app for PCs and smartphones with tips, a money saving calculator and motivational messages.

If you want to quit smoking, contact the Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service on (01642) 383819.