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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.
A new North East smoking campaign has revealed that one in two long-term smokers will die early - as young as in their 40s.
The "Don't be the 1" campaign, from Fresh Smokefree North East, is urging the region's 460,000 smokers to quit and live longer for their loved ones. The organisation has released a new TV advert to highlight the health risks.
Exclusive research for ITV's Tonight programme shows almost half of us find it socially acceptable to use electronic cigarettes.
They've been on sale in the UK for 7 years but the world health organisation says not enough information is known about them and people should stop using them.
Over 12,000 people in the North East have managed to quit smoking for Stoptober.
The annual challenge encourages smokers to give up the habit for October.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to one week if you remain smoke free.
A campaign is being launched to warn people in Gateshead of the damage smoking can do to eyesight.
Research suggests that the link between cigarettes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be as great as the link between smoking and lung cancer. AMD is the UK's biggest cause of sight loss.
Gateshead Council's public health team are raising awareness of the disease as part of the national stop-smoking campaign Stoptober.