Bob Cunningham and his family has had their first smokefree Christmas in more than 20 years after he gave up the habit.
He said that he is now fitter, can taste sugar and salt better, and has hundreds more pounds to spend on his family.
He is one of more than 5,000 people who have benefited from NHS Northumbria Healthcare's Stop Smoking services.
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