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WATCH: Andy Burnham want smoke-free Manchester in TEN years

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham plans to erradicate smoking across Greater Manchester in the next 10 years.

NHS figures show 13 people in Greater Manchester die every day from tobacco related illnesses.

Sarah Rogers reports.

Simon Clark is director of Forest which calls itself the voice of the smoker, and is part funded by tobacco companies. He explained to our presenter, Elaine Wilcox, why he objects to this campaign.

  1. Ann O'Connor - Correspondent

WATCH: Fundraising success to help Jack walk.

A family from Liverpool are saying thank you tonight to everyone who's helped them raise money for surgery they hope will help their son walk unaided. Their twin boys both have cerebral palsy - one of them Luke Hickey has already had the operation. Well now his twin Jack can undergo the same treatment. Their parents had to raise more than a hundred thousand pounds.


Campaign to highlight risk of stroke

A new awareness campaign is being launched in the North west to reduce the devastating effects of having a stroke. Latest figures show the potentially life- threatening and debilitating condition is affecting a larger proportion of middle-aged adults.

  • Current figures show there are 149,000 people on GP registers in the North West who have had a stroke
  • While the majority of strokes happen to those over 70, a larger proportion of strokes are occurring in middle age adults (40 – 69 years)
  • Public Health England's national Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign is to remind people of all ages to be aware of the symptoms and call 999 urgently at the first signs

Stroke is still one of the leading causes of death in England. While it’s often associated with older people, the latest research shows that people are having strokes at a younger age. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs

– Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, Public Health England, North West
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