Diehard smokers wanted

"SMOKERS wanted" is not a message you read every day on a poster outside a local cafe in Lismore.

The posters become even more interesting by offering "free oxidative stress health screenings".

Southern Cross University Honours student Quilla Watt is recruiting people over 18 who smoke at least 10 cigarettes or more a day for a scientific study "attempting to determine whether live blood analysis is a valid tool in screening for oxidative stress".

Ms Watt explained that cells in our bodies were defended from damage by antioxidants, and that some molecules could cause oxidative damage to them.

Oxidative stress, simply put, is when more damage is done to a cell than the antioxidant defences can cope with.

She said lifestyle conditions such as smoking, alcohol, poor eating habits and living in a polluted environment were suspected to impact on the amount of oxidative damage inflicted on our body cells.

"Oxidative stress has been found to increase your predisposition to chronic health issues," Ms Watt added.

Volunteers will receive a live blood analysis screening and a free urine test for oxidative stress.

The screening process is completed in just one 30-minute appointment.

Ms Watt can be contacted at or phone 0406 164 093.

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