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84,000 North East smokers quit since COVID - a higher rate than anywhere
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
NEW FIGURES out today suggest 84,000 people in the North East have stopped smoking since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country – the highest rate in the UK.
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Half century decline in smoking
Wednesday, 08 July 2020
ONLY around one in 7 people in the North East now smoke, according to new figures out this week.
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"Dont wait to quit" plea to over 50s
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
A NORTH East doctor appearing in a major quit smoking campaign has appealed to over 50s not to wait to quit smoking after new figures highlight age differences in quitting.
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Don't wait to quit smoking
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
A NORTH East respiratory doctor is making a powerful plea for smokers to quit for COVID and other vital health reasons in a major new campaign launching this week on TV, radio, digital and social media.
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World No Tobacco Day
Friday, 29 May 2020
NEW figures released for World No Tobacco Day (May 31) show 15 North East children start smoking every day – around the same number of people in the region who die each day from tobacco.
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15 NE kids a day start smoking
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
FRESH and former smoker and cancer survivor Sue Mountain have welcomed the ban on child-friendly menthol cigarettes from 20th May.
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Smokers encouraged to quit as menthol removed from sale
Friday, 15 May 2020
NEW rules removing menthol cigarettes from shop shelves could be the trigger which stops more children starting and encourages more North East smokers to quit.
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Protect families from secondhand smoke after increases during lockdown
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Health campaigners are warning that new evidence suggests lockdown has left more children exposed to the harms of secondhand smoke.
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Smokers are quitting for COVID
Friday, 01 May 2020
At least 300,000 people have quit smoking successfully, a further 550,000 have tried to quit and 2.
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PHE - smokers at greater risk from coronavirus
Friday, 03 April 2020
Fresh has today welcomed calls from Public Health England for smokers to quit smoking to reduce the risks from coronavirus (COVID-19).
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