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A businessman who has smoked 30-a-day for decades is to maroon himself on a remote Scottish island in an effort to quit the habit. Former merchant banker Geoff Spice is due to land on the small isle of Sgarabhaigh, off Harris in the Outer Hebrides, over the weekend.
Mr Spice, 56, will spend four weeks in solitude with only some books and the island's sheep for company. The island's owner Dave Hill wished him the best with his island "adventure". Sgarabhaigh has no electricity or water supply and lies at the eastern end of the Sound of Harris.
Weather conditions prevented Mr Spice from landing on the island early on Saturday, but he hopes to be in place over the weekend. Mr Hill said: "He will be taking residence for the whole of August along with his stock of 120 books
"So if you are passing the island in August then sound your claxon and give Geoff a wave - but keep your distance, it can be a serious business giving up smoking! "Anyone wishing to help Geoff stop his addiction can deliver any single malt whisky they wish to the following address - The Cove, Sgarabhaigh, The Sound of Harris, The Western Isles."
Mr Spice is a former senior director of NM Rothschild & Sons and took up smoking 43 years ago at the age of 13. He said he would have "one last cigarette" and give the rest of the packet to his wife before getting on the boat.