Monitor your air to see how smoke blows

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Smokers in Falkirk are being invited to use air quality monitors in their homes to check how smoke is damaging them and their families.

The monitors are available through the Health Promotion Department at NHS Forth Valley as part of a drive towards smokefree homes and cars.

They show how smoke can move through the home and linger for up to five hours. Data is collected during monitoring and once the devices are returned to the Health Promotion Department, the figures can be downloaded to produce a graph showing smoke peaks and troughs and where it doesn’t disperse so quickly.

NHS Forth Valley Stop-Smoking Co-ordinator Gillian Bruce said: “Unfortunately cigarette smoke does not always drift the way we would like it to drift, and the majority of smoke is odourless and colourless.

“It’s all very well standing at the front door or opening the kitchen window to smoke, thinking you are minimising the risk, but using an air quality monitor can show families exactly how the smoke moves within their house.”

If you require an air quality monitor, call 01786 433293.

NHS Forth Valley is also looking for a new non-executive member to join its board.

You need to be passionate about health but you do not need to be a health expert.

The post will take up around eight hours a week and members usually serve at least four years with a remuneration of £8169 a year. Visit www.appointed-for-scotland.org or call 0300 244 1898 (Freephone) to apply by Friday, November 18.