Coffin display warns of smoking risks throughout Stoptober

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.
Story: Wakefield museum holds a stop smoking exhibition using smoking related items from history.
Reporter: Laura Drysdale.
Photographer: Andrew Bellis
email: andrewbellisphotography@gmail.com
Twitter: @SnapperAndrewB
Mobile: 07885 426 523
Photo date: 13/10/16
Picture ref: AB356b1016

Newspaper: Wakefield Express. Story: Wakefield museum holds a stop smoking exhibition using smoking related items from history. Reporter: Laura Drysdale. Photographer: Andrew Bellis email: andrewbellisphotography@gmail.com Twitter: @SnapperAndrewB Mobile: 07885 426 523 Photo date: 13/10/16 Picture ref: AB356b1016

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This coffin is on display at Wakefield Museum as part of an exhibition throughout Stoptober.

Filled with smoking paraphernalia including a tobacco holder, 1970s psychedelic match holder, smoking cap, and cigarette packets from the 1930s, the coffin highlights how smoking habits and attitudes have changed through the ages.

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.
Story: Wakefield museum holds a stop smoking exhibition using smoking related items from history.
Reporter: Laura Drysdale.
Photographer: Andrew Bellis
email: andrewbellisphotography@gmail.com
Twitter: @SnapperAndrewB
Mobile: 07885 426 523
Photo date: 13/10/16
Picture ref: AB356a1016

Newspaper: Wakefield Express. Story: Wakefield museum holds a stop smoking exhibition using smoking related items from history. Reporter: Laura Drysdale. Photographer: Andrew Bellis email: andrewbellisphotography@gmail.com Twitter: @SnapperAndrewB Mobile: 07885 426 523 Photo date: 13/10/16 Picture ref: AB356a1016

The exhibition, entitled ‘RIP Smoking - Let’s bury smoking this Stoptober’ also aims to remind people about the risks of the habit.

Coun Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for adults and health said: “Some of these objects would have been valued items to their owners, at a time when smoking was seen as aspirational and was not known to be harmful to health. These days we know better and there is a lot of help to support people to give up the habit.”

Research suggests once a person has quite smoking for 28 consecutive days, they are five times more likely to stop for good.

Dr Andrew Furber, director of public health, said: “I hope the display reminds people of the very real risks of smoking. Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing a smoker can do to improve their health.

“By giving up, smokers can dramatically reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Smoking can also lead to 16 different types of cancer.

“Giving up smoking is not easy, but there is a lot of help and support available to residents to quit.”

Search Stoptober online or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober for more details about this month’s challenge.

And for help and advice, on how to quit smoking visit http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk