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Island’s public urged to ‘Tell their Smokefree Story’ 11 April 2008

On the 30th March, the Isle of Man went smokefree. It is now against the law to smoke in most enclosed public places and workplaces, ensuring a healthier Island for everyone - free from secondhand smoke.

To mark this historical time, Smokefree Mann is gathering local stories about going smokefree, and how the legislation has affected you. The winning story will receive £100 of Shoprite vouchers.

Michelle Flanagan, Health Promotion Officer said,

“We are urging the Isle of Man public to tell us their smokefree stories. We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have taken the opportunity to quit smoking. We would also like to hear from people who formally worked in a smoky environment on how the new legislation has changed their working conditions.”

Stories should no more than 200 words, and can be emailed to tobacco@gov.im, with sender’s contact details included. Entries close on 30th April 2008. A selection of stories will be published on the Smokefree Mann website and submitted to the media.

For more information about free services available to help people quit smoking, visit www.Quit4You.gov.im or telephone Public Health on 642693 for a leaflet. For queries about the legislation, visit www.Smokefreemann.gov.im or call Environmental Health on 685894.

Smokefree Mann is a combined partnership between the Public Health Directorate (Department of Health and Social Security), Environmental Health (The Department of Local Government and Environment), and various supporting organisations, including: Home Affairs, Douglas Corporation, Douglas Development Partnership and the Road Transport Licensing Committee.

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