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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Smokers quitting in light of ban
Hundreds of smokers wanted to quit in the run-up to the ban
The number of people trying to stop smoking in the Borders rose sharply in the run-up to the national ban.

Figures just released show that 1,500 people sought help from the region's smoking cessation services between January and March this year.

That compares to slightly more than 2,000 would-be quitters for the whole of the previous 12 months.

A health board spokeswoman said people had reported the smoking ban made it easier for them to give up.

"People attending stop smoking groups have said that they are enjoying the new smoke-free environment," said smoking awareness co-ordinator Tania Ferguson.

"The new legislation will make it easier for them trying to stop as they are now not able to smoke in restaurants, pubs and clubs - often places where they might relapse."

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