News Thursday October 14, 2010

Isle of Man stop smoking signs mistaken for Polish

Stop smoking signs in the Isle of Man, which were written in the island’s traditional Manx language, have been mistaken for Polish.

The signs in The Strand Shopping Centre in Douglas read: “Jaaghey Meelowit,” which is the Manx for stop smoking.

But disappointingly for Manx-preservationists who have tried to revive the language in recent years, few Isle of Man residents knew what the sign meant. Many people reportedly thought the sign must have been Polish. The last native speaker of Manx died in 1974. However, there have been attempts to re-establish the language lately.

The Isle of Man became the last part of England to introduce a smoking ban. While the rest of the country enforced the ban in 2007, the Isle of Man did not do so until March 2008. The smoking ban on the island is similar to the English ban, which covers pubs, clubs and other indoor areas such as work places.

Stop smoking services

Stop smoking services available in the UK include counselling, nicotine replacement therapy, and the prescription stop smoking medication, Champix. Champix provides relief from the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that smokers usually experience when they try to give up the habit. Champix also makes cigarettes taste worse and feel less satisfying to smoke.

Motivation to kick the habit

Studies repeatedly show that the majority of smokers want to quit. Reasons for wanting to quit smoking include health, finances, and concerns about the effect the habit may be having on family members. Passive smoking has been proven to damage children’s health particularly badly. Smokers who stop smoking are rewarded with a decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, infertility and impotence. Cancer Research UK reports that 9 in 10 lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.

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