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Ex-smokers 'gain extra decade'

Women smokers can earn themselves 10 years of extra life by quitting the habit before middle age, say scientists.

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More than a quarter of a million smokers pledge to quit

More than a quarter of a million people pledged to stub out their last cigarette during the "Stoptober" anti-smoking campaign, the Government has announced.

The month-long NHS quit drive, which runs until the end of October, encourages smokers to kick the habit.

More than a quarter of a million people have vowed to stop smoking under a Government campaign. Credit: Press Association

Research suggests that those who successfully give up for four weeks are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

Health minister Anna Soubry said the £5.7 million campaign had "exceeded expectations".

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