Make habit history

10:40am Wednesday 10th March 2010

John Bailey learns about the amount of toxins in tobacco smoke.

THE Black Country Living Museum has joined forces with Dudley NHS to make smoking a thing of the past.

The Tipton Road museum, which is setting up a tobacconist shop is hoping to find smoking memorabilia dating between 1935 and 1939 to deck out its shelves in time for the opening later this year and Dudley NHS is hoping smokers will stub out and consign their habit to the museum’s history.

Stephen Howard, assistant curator, displays said: “The museum is hoping to find pipe smoking paraphernalia, cigar boxes, snuff boxes, vintage tobacco tins in good condition and cigarette packets of the era such as Du Maurier, Passing Clouds, Woodbine, Park Drive, Cinderella, and Senior Service.

“There was little awareness of the health risks associated with smoking at the time. Indeed smoking was considered glamorous with over 75 per cent of the population partaking.”

And to coincide with national No Smoking Day, which falls today, (March 10) and carries the theme ‘Break Free’, Dudley NHS are urging smokers to kick the habit once and for all.

Joy Boyes from Dudley NHS said: “Going smoke free is the one single thing people can do to not only to improve their health but also increase their chances of living longer.

“Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including more than 50 known cancercausing substances, and is responsible for many serious and fatal diseases.”

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