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.
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