Smokers stub it out

MORE than 12,000 people across the North East are thought to have quit smoking this month.

The national Stoptober initiative urges smokers to give up the habit for at least 28 days in October.

Fresh Smoke Free Director Ailsa Rutter said: “It is fantastic to see so many people across the North East have used Stoptober as a chance to quit and break free of the daily problems smoking brings.”