Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin has urged people to stop smoking after it was announced that there are 900 new cases of lung cancer in the North each year.
Speaking at the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness month Ms. McLaughlin said,
“Lung cancer now accounts for second highest number of cancers in the North and with over 90% of these cases related to smoking I am urging people to make an effort to stop smoking in order to lessen their risk.
“Lung cancer awareness month should be used as an incentive to stop smoking as even smoking one or two cigarettes a day increases your chances of contacting lung cancer by at least three, so cutting down is not an option.
“While I understand the difficulties faced in giving up there are now many aids available to help you quit, many of them free from your local doctor or pharmacy so I would urge people to make the effort and stop smoking now.”