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Jeremy Kyle calls on smokers to quit during Stoptober

Jeremy Kyle

Presenter Jeremy Kyle has called on smokers to kick the habit during the annual Stoptober mass quit attempt.

Kyle, who recently became a grandfather, is now an ex-smoker, having enjoyed cigarettes for more than half of his life.

The 53-year-old smoked for 35 years.

‘If I can quit, I honestly believe anyone can quit,’ said Jeremy Kyle Credit: PHE

“I was a 20-a-day smoker for most of my life and am proud to say I quit smoking earlier this year,” he said.

“I’ve tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me.

“This year, however, the time was right and I wanted to do it for me. With the death of my mother, having cancer myself and becoming a grandad this year, I was determined, and I’m so happy I’m now smoke-free.

“I’m not going to pretend it is easy, but I knew my time smoking was up.

“The thing that is really helping me stay smoke-free is vaping. I’m currently on the lowest nicotine strength and will then come off the e-cigarette altogether when the time is right for me.

“Since quitting I’ve learned just how important using support is and for people not to go ‘cold turkey’ – that certainly didn’t work for me in the past.

“If I can quit, I honestly believe anyone can quit if you just have the right support, and that’s what Stoptober is there to give you, and I want people to know that and to do it this year.”