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12,000 quit in 'Stoptober'

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, launches 'Stoptober' Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.


Fresh welcome passive smoke campaign

Fresh, the North East's regional office dedicated to tackling smoking, have welcomed the Government's latest campaign against passive smoking.

Director Ailsa Rutter said: "Smoking at the back door or winding down the window a little bit in your car just isn't enough to protect children from the really damaging effects of breathing in second-hand smoke.

"Eighty-five percent of second-hand smoke is invisible. It's odourless, it lingers for up to three hours and you really need very fast flowing air for it to come out of the car window."


Full Report: National No Smoking Day

Today is No Smoking Day and health experts are encouraging people to quit by highlighting the cost of cigarettes.

The anti-smoking charity FRESH says the average smoker would save £2500 a year by giving up.

Derek Athey from Darlington quit smoking last year and has since put the hundreds of pounds he saved on cigarettes toward helping him pass his HGV licence.

You can watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

No Smoking Day in the North East: Derek's story

Events are taking place across the North East to mark No Smoking Day.

It is the 30th year that the day has been held and aims to help people stop smoking.

One of those who has been persuaded to stop is Derek Athey from Darlington.

He has put the hundreds of pounds he saved on cigarettes towards helping him pass his HGV licence and quit the habit a year ago when he was diagnosed with arterial disease in his legs, caused by his smoking.

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