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Cancer sufferer's smoke-free job
Jose Pinon Shaw
Mr Shaw says he wants to have a positive impact on people's health
A former cancer sufferer has been employed to keep a city smoke-free.

Jose Pinon Shaw, 39, is Preston City Council's smoking compliance officer. The authority is among the first in north-west England to fill the role.

Mr Shaw suffered lymphoma in 2003, despite being a non-smoker, and says he is keen to prevent others suffering smoking-related illnesses.

Mr Shaw will co-ordinate the council's work with employers in the light of the 1 July smoking ban in public places.

Harmful effects

A keen cyclist, Mr Shaw has recovered fully from his cancer, and has continued with the sport competitively.

He said: "I am pleased to be working in a role that will have a positive impact on people's health.

"More than 75 per cent of people do not smoke and it is important to protect them from the harmful effects of passive smoking.

"My experience has helped me realise the importance of protecting others from the effects of this terrible disease and I think the new legislation is a crucial step forward."

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