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Roseanna backs Breathe Easy Perthshire as they remind public to 'take five & stay alive'

The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has given her backing to the local support group of the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy Perthshire, as they took the 'Take Five & Stay Alive' campaign to Perth Royal Infirmary over the past week.

Speaking after visiting their campaign stall, Ms Cunningham said: "The 'Take Five & Stay Alive' campaign is aimed at warning DIY enthusiasts about the prevalence and dangers of asbestos in the home.

"Most people think that asbestos is only a danger to those who worked in heavy industry in the 1970s.  In actual fact, asbestos was only banned completely from use in buildings as recently as 1999.

"Asbestos can still be found in the least expected parts of even modern homes and I am delighted to be able to support the British Lung Foundation and Breathe Easy Perthsire in reminding anyone thinking of DIY of the danger and advising them to take five minutes to check out the risks before starting work."

"I think it's fantastic that Breathe Easy Perthshire took the 'Take Five & Stay Alive' campaign to Perth Royal Infirmary, as part of Breathe Easy Week.  All of us - but particularly those who undertake work in the home - need to know the dangers of asbestos,.

"Anyone looking to remove asbestos from their home should always seek specialist help."

Moira Karpuchewski, Chair of Breath Easy Perthshire, said: "We were pleased to welcome Roseanna to our stall and I am delighted that we have her backing in this important campaign to highlight the continuing risks form asbestos.

"Far from going away, we are actually starting to see more and more people being diagnosed with asbestos related conditions and because it takes about 30 or 40 years before the effects of asbestos start to show, so we suspect the numbers will continue to increase significantly.

"The 'Take Five & Stay Alive' campaign aims to warn people that they could still be at risk of exposure to asbestos - even in their homes."

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