National No Smoking Day

North East smokers are being encouraged to join thousands of others across the country getting their quit attempt underway on National no smoking day.

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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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