A pensioner has finally kicked her 50-year-long smoking habit - after lighting up 750,000 cigarettes.
Ann Veit, 68, from Musbury, near Axminster in Devon, smoked around 40 cigarettes each day from the age of 15.
She attempted to quit smoking three times over the 50-year-period, trying hypnosis, acupuncture and patches.
However, the retired information systems manager eventually managed to give up in March, after attending a weekly NHS stop smoking clinic. She is being supported to quit with the use of patches and an inhaler.
Mrs Veit, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has already seen significant improvement in the function of her lungs.
Carbon monoxide levels in her blood reduced from 26 parts per million (ppm) to just three in one week - the same levels as a non-smoker.
After a serious bout of pneumonia, which left me in hospital, I realised I must stop or I wouldn't last long.
Breathing is easier, I've got more energy, my self-esteem has improved and I no longer feel like a pariah.
I can also see the financial benefits - I've got more money in my purse at the end of the week.
It is hard, but never quit quitting. If I can do it after 50-odd years, there is hope for everyone.
– Ann Veit, Former smoker
The clinics are run at Axminster Medical Practice every Friday, along with three sessions a week in Honiton, Devon.
One in two smokers in the South West will die early, according to a new TV ad campaign. More than 800 thousand people smoke across the region, and almost 8,500 of those could die of smoking-related diseases, according to the group Smoke Free South West.
People who smoke roll-ups are being targeted as part of a New Year campaign by Smokefree South West. The campaign aims to dispel the myth that they are less harmful than manufactured cigarettes. More than 4,000 toxic chemicals are inhaled when smoking a roll up.
A Devon MP is hosting a meeting today at the Houses of Parliament on proposals for plain packaging on cigarettes. Campaign group Smokefree South West say plain packaging could protect children from taking up the habit.
The number of people smoking outside Derriford hospital in Plymouth has gone down by 94 per cent after a ban was introduced last month to coincide with National No Smoking Day.
An audit by Smokefree Plymouth ten days after the ban was introduced showed numbers had decreased from 140 incidents in December to 9 in late March. Smokefree Plymouth says the ban has had a positive impact on the hospital environment.