Teddy bears picnic in Plymouth aims to highlight the dangers of smoking
SMOKERS are being urged to stub out their cigarettes next week at a teddy bears picnic.
National No Smoking Day takes place on Wednesday March 13 and Plymouth's local Stop Smoking Service has organised a family event to coincide with it.
The Stop Smoking advisers are holding a smokefree Teddy Bears Picnic, at Morice Town Children's Centre, and are inviting children, parents and their bears to listen to a story 'Jenny and the Bear', take part in a colouring competition, and enjoy a teddy bears picnic.
Face painting will also be on offer and a £40 Co-Op voucher for the best coloured-in picture is up for grabs.
The story of 'Jenny and the Bear' focuses on a little girl who gets given a teddy bear by her granny.
Jenny and the bear become ill due to both Jenny's parents smoking around them.
The theme of this year's No Smoking Day is Swap Fags for Swag, which is all about what smokers will gain when they quit – as well as improved health, they'll have extra cash to spend on whatever they like.
Swap Fags for Swag focuses attention on the positive impact smoking can have on the personal and family budget. The campaign highlights what 'swag' you can buy with the money saved from one day, one month and one year smokefree.
The smokefree Teddy Bears Picnic takes place at Morice Town Children's Centre from 10am-noon.
For help with quitting smoking, contact the Stop Smoking Service on 01752 314040.