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Stoptober gives smokers trying to kick the habit "support from the community", according to Kelsey Beth Crossley
The 21-year-old Emmerdale actress started smoking when she was a teenager and is joining the month long quitting exercise in a bid to kick her habit.
Less than a third of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive the first year of the disease, a health chief has warned.
The director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, Kevin Fenton, was speaking as part of Stoptober, a campaign to get smokers to quit for 28 days.
One in two long-term smokers will die as a result of their habit, the Government's chief medical officer has warned.
Dame Sally Davies called on smokers to join Stopober and attempt to stub out their cigarettes for good by quitting en masse.
Female smokers are being urged to quit as part of Stoptober after data from the UK Cancer Information Service showed more women are diagnosed with lung cancer than men.
The number of female lung cancer patients has slowly risen since 1990, while the number of men diagnosed with the disease has rapidly declined.
In 1990, 32.6 of every 100,000 women in England suffered from lung cancer but figures from 2011 show that number has crept up to 39 out of every 100,000, according to data from the UK Cancer Information Service.
Health chiefs at Public Health England are urging smokers to take part in Stoptober - the annual challenge to get smokers to quit for a month en masse - which starts today.
Research has shown that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.