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Loved ones are the true victims of a smoking habit

Who are the real sufferers from smoking? Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Latest research conducted by Smokefree South West shows:

29% of people had stopped encouraging loved ones to quit because they were scared of starting an argument.

84% of parents said they encourage their child to stop as they don't like to see them harm themselves

67% of people, whose parents smoke, try to encourage them to stop because they're scared of losing them early.

Campaigners label Bristol's smoke free zones as 'creeping prohibition'

Campaigners from smokers' group Forest have criticised the ban as an example of "creeping prohibition".

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition. Extending public smoking bans to outdoor areas is illiberal and unwarranted. Smoking in the open air harms no-one apart, perhaps, from the consumer - and that's their choice.

– Simon Clark, Director of Forest
Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones Credit: ITV News

Cities including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong have already banned smoking in key outdoor locations but Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones.

Millennium and Anchor Squares are home to the At-Bristol science museum, shops and restaurants, and are well-used play spaces for children.

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Lung disease sufferer inspires 'Smokefree South West' campaign

Kisrty Vaas from Torquay was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) just over a year a go after one of her lungs collapsed.

She is now constantly short of breath, unable to travel and is supported by her younger daughter.

Kirsty knows this is a result of her smoking habit, but she wants others to learn from her mistakes.

Kirsty now finds it difficult to leave the hosue Credit: ITV News

My smoking illness has caused my whole world to come crashing down. If young people see you smoking then they think it's alright, but they don't understand what it can do to you, so making smoking less visible in public places can only be a good thing.

– Kirtsy Vass

Kirsty has thrown her support behind 'Smokefree South West' which have succeeded in making parts of Bristol smoke free from today.

At the opening there will be a 'take a straw challenge' where people try and breathe through a straw to simulate what it feels like to have a collapsed lung.

It's the same technique Kirsty used to explain her condition to her daughter.

Parts of Bristol become smoke-free today

A voluntary smoking ban starts in Millennium Square today Credit: ITV News

Two squares in Bristol will become the first major public outdoor spaces in UK to go smoke-free.

From today a voluntary smoking ban will be in place in Millennium Square and Anchor Square. The area is home to the At-Bristol science museum and often hosts festivals and other family friendly events.

The project is part of the Smokefree South West campaign.

Lung disease sufferer begs people to stop smoking

Smoking has left Kirsty Vass with chronic lung disease Credit: ITV News

A mother from Torquay has made an impassioned plea for people to stop smoking.

A new campaign by Smoke-free South West is calling on people to consider the impact on their relatives. 33-year-old Kirsty Vass has been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and emphysema as a result of smoking.

Please give up smoking, because it really is not worth it. Don't end up being like this, it is a prison sentence. Get out there, enjoy it with your family, with your children.

– Kirsty Vass

Most people unaware that half of smokers will die early

Now do you think smoking in cars should be banned if there are children in the vehicle? Last night MPs voted to back the proposal - although it could be some time before it becomes law.

The proposed legislation comes as Smokefree South West reveals almost 90% of people they spoke to were not aware half of smokers will die early.

Katie Rowlett has the story.

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Anti-smoking campaign "Stoptober" to return

Smokefree South West hopes more people will give up this "Stoptober" Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

It's been announced that a whole month dedicated getting people to give up smoking will return for another year.

Last year October became Stoptober and 160,000 people quit smoking nationally as a result.

The health bodies behind it, including Smokefree South West, say that, if people can stop smoking for 28 days, they are five times more likely to stay smokefree.

They also say it will add up to seven days to their lives.

Anti-smoking campaign to return in October

Smokefree South West hopes more people will give up this "Stoptober" Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

It's been announced that a whole month dedicated getting people to give up smoking will return for another year.

Last year October became Stoptober and 160,000 people quit smoking nationally as a result.

The health bodies behind it, including Smokefree South West, say that, if people can stop smoking for 28 days, they are five times more likely to stay smokefree.

They also say it will add up to seven days to their lives.

Plymouth man joins campaign to stop smoking

Smoker Robert Harrison from Plymouth warns against the dangers of the habit.

It comes as a new hard-hitting advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness of the fifth biggest killer in Britain has been released today.

Smoke free South West say 90,000 people in the region currently suffer from Chronic Pulmonary disease but another 55,000 might not know they even have it. The charity hopes the advert will change that.

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