Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK today.

Every year, over 100,000 people die from smoking related causes, killing 1 in every 2 long term users.

An estimated 50,626 Sunderland residents smoke and levels of smoking amongst children are higher than England as a whole.

Stopping smoking can make a positive difference to your health - you could even start feeling the benefits - such as lower blood pressure and clearer lungs - in as little as 24 hours.

And studies show that you're four times more likely to stop smoking if you use NHS stop smoking services.

Sunderland NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers free, friendly, confidential support and advice to help people who want to stop smoking. As well as providing specialist advice and support to quit, the service can offer telephone advice for those not wishing to access the specialist service. This includes signposting to other local community services and tips and tools to help with giving up.

If you would like further information, you may find the links below useful:

Find out how much smoking costs you, what the risks to yours and your family's health are, and why now is the right time to quit on the NHS website.

FRESH dedicated programme to tackle smoking in the North East.

NHS Smoke Free offers Quit Kits, face-to-face support, a mobile app, and email and text support.

NHS Choices offers lots of information on how to stop smoking and the benefits you'll enjoy.

ASH is a public health charity focused on eliminating the harm caused by tobacco