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80% of North East smokers wish they'd never started

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.
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