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Terminally-ill Boston woman opens shop in bid to urge smokers to quit

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

Camilla Bowman

QUIT SMOKING: Chris and Camilla Bowman have opened a shop in Boston to help smokers quit the habit.

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THE husband of a terminally ill woman has opened a new shop in Boston to try to encourage smokers to quit the habit.

Chris Bowman, 31, set up his company Diamond Vapours - which sells electronic cigarettes - two years ago after his wife Camilla, 28, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Her cancer has now spread to the brain and liver and she has been given months to live.

Mrs Bowman was diagnosed with breast cancer a week before her wedding. The couple spent their honeymoon in America where they discovered electronic cigarettes – which contain water vapour and 4,500 less chemicals than cigarettes.

Mr Bowman, who is from Warrington and has six shops throughout the country, said: “I’m very passionate about this, it’s about much more than just making money – I want to help people to stop smoking.”

Camilla has undergone chemotherapy which has failed but is soon due to undergo a different type of chemotherapy.

She said: “I stopped smoking as soon as I found out I had cancer. electric cigarettes helped Chris to stop smoking.

“I started smoking electric cigarettes when I was stressed. One of the reasons I started smoking was due to stress.”

Chris and Camilla’s shop in South Street will sell about 250 flavours, ranging from established cigarette brands to strawberry and banana.

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