Exclusive: Trading Standards have seized around 15,000 suspected illegal cigarettes during a series of raids in Newcastle.Read the full story ›
To mark 10 years of smokefree workplaces, North Yorkshire County Council says smoking rates in the region are at an "all time low".Read the full story ›
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New figures show that the North East has seen a fall in adult smoking rates - with levels now down to the lowest on record.Read the full story ›
The campaign comes as new figures reveal how smoking caused an estimated 3,077 new cases of cancer and 2,192 deaths in the North East.Read the full story ›
The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4-D ultrasound scans.Read the full story ›
"When a smoker inhales, the 4000 chemicals in smoke, such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde, are absorbed through the lungs and move into the bloodstream. In pregnant women, the chemicals are passed to the baby via the placenta, depriving the unborn infant of vital oxygen."
A new campaign has been launched to highlight the health risks caused by smokingRead the full story ›
More than two-thirds of smokers want to see it become a thing of the past, as new figures show one in two long-term smokers will die early - as young as in their 40s.
A survey by Fresh Smoke Free North East found:
- 80% of North East smokers wish they had never started.
- 90% of smokers seriously underestimate their risks of dying of a smoking related illness, with some thinking only 5% of smokers will die as a result.
- More than six out of ten smokers say their family worry about them smoking.
- 68% would like to see smoking become a thing of the past for future generations.