A VIEWPARK family with over a century of smoking between them are celebrating a year of being cigarette free.
The McCue family all gave up within a few weeks of each other during the first two months of 2011.
Since then none have lit up, a remarkable achievement for a family who, by their own admission, could go through almost 700 cigarettes a week between them.
Like many, Anne and Denis McCue along with their son Stuart and daughter-in-law Rebecca, all started smoking as teenagers.
Over the years, Anne and Denis developed 30-a-day habits while Stuart and Rebecca smoked between 10 and 20 a day.
However, when Stuart and Rebecca toasted in the last New Year, they vowed that 2011 would be the year they would both quit.
On January 23 they attended a smoking cessation class in Viewpark Health Centre.
Only a fortnight after their first meeting they learned that Anne had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would have to undergo a mastectomy.
The impact of the discovery underlined the importance of good health to the family and cemented their desire to quit.
Anne said: “Both myself and Denis had tried the odd time to give up before.
“However, when I found this out, we were determined to do it once and for all and we decided to go along to the class with Stuart and Rebecca.”
At the class they came across others like themselves, guided by NHS Lanarkshire smoking cessation nurse Kate McGhee.
Kate said: “The McCue family should be really proud of themselves for what they’ve achieved individually as well as collectively.
“The support they’ve given each other is one of the reasons why the classes are so popular and successful.”
Full story in January 12 edition of Times & Speaker