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Gloucester Rugby stars Greig Laidlaw, Jonny May and Mike Teague joined forces to back a  new campaign aimed at challenging smokers to kick the habit.

The Scotland skipper, Gloucester winger and former England and Gloucester legend all turned out to support the county’s NHS Stop Smoking Service, which is launching a ‘Kick the Cigs into Touch’ campaign with drinks coasters in pubs and animations on social media.

Greig, who was nominated for World Player of the Year after a great World Cup campaign, said: “As professional rugby players, we have to be at the very peak of physical fitness. It’s long been known that smoking can be harmful to an individual’s health, so we’re right behind the stop smoking campaign.”

The No Smoking Service is run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and funded through the public health service at Gloucestershire County Council.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said; “I’m really grateful for the support we’ve been shown by Gloucester Rugby club as we launch this campaign. We hope as many people as possible will join up to ‘kick the cigs into touch’.

“I know through my own personal experience that stopping smoking is never easy, but there’s lots of support out there if you're ready to give it a go. We have an award winning Stop Smoking Service here in Gloucestershire, and I would recommend anyone who is considering quitting smoking to get in touch and give us a try!

“Giving up smoking is probably the smartest move any smoker will ever make in their life “

The initial campaign will run into December, and will be followed in the new year with continued efforts to help smokers who want to stop.

Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Ingrid Barker added: “Get in touch with the Stop Smoking Service and you can make kicking the habit a team effort.

“The service offers free support which means you are four times more likely to quit than if you try on your own.”

  • Contact the NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 421 0040