A stop smoking campaign is being launched today (October 12) to help make hospitals in the region cleaner and to cut down on the cost of smoking related diseases.
The Fresher, Cleaner, Healther, Greener campaign is being run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust to mark the sixth anniversary of its Smokefree policy.
The Trust says it spends nearly £12million a year treating smoking related diseases and hopes the campaign will help stop smoking on site at Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital North Durham, Bishop Aukland Hospital and Chester-Le-Street Community Hospital.
According to the Trust, cleaning up cigarette butts costs taxpayers £4.7million a year in County Durham and Darlington alone.
Staff will also be taking part in the campaign and will ask smokers to stub it out while on site.