Health

Friday 22 August 2014

Anti-smoking adverts to go ahead despite campaigner's death

Gerry Collins pictured for the launch of an HSE advert against smoking last December
Gerry Collins pictured for the launch of an HSE advert against smoking last December

THE family of the late anti-smoking campaigner Gerry Collins have given the go-ahead for a series of television ads, in which he urges people to quit, to be shown during Lent as planned.

Mr Collins, from Greystones in Co Wicklow, who was suffering from lung cancer, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 57.

He took part in a HSE campaign in which he featured in a number of ads depicting him at home and training in his local GAA club. He is survived by his wife, Delly, and children Lisa, Ciara and Stephen.

Tony O'Brien, director general of the HSE, paid tribute to his courage yesterday.

"Gerry and his family have made a unique contribution to the health and well-being of our society by working with us on the QUIT campaign," he said.

Irish Independent

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