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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GMB's Ben Shephard is cycling, running and swimming from Whitehaven to Tynemouth to raise money for the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).
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The events were part of the work of the Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East.