New drop-in sessions are being held in Ashington to help people stop smoking.
The Northumberland Stop Smoking Service, provided by Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is holding new weekly sessions from 4.30pm to 6.45pm at Hirst Welfare in Ashington.
Last year, the service helped more than 2,000 people to quit including Sarah Crone, from Ashington.
The mother-of-three smoked 20 to 30 a day since she was 13 but decided to quit after realising the damaging effects of smoking to her and her family’s health.
Sarah, 31, said: “My main reason for quitting was my kids. They used to say I smelt when I cuddled them and when I went to the doctors I was really shocked to read that smoking can cause meningitis too, especially as my youngest son had meningitis when he was 18 months.
“I never thought it could be related to me smoking. Knowing i was affecting my son’s health as well as mine really spurred me on to quit for good.”
She had tried a few times before to give up and has now been off cigarettes for 12 weeks thanks to support from stop smoking advisor Mandy Young and has noticed her health is improving.
Sarah, who has also managed to get her brother to quit, added: “As well as my breathing getting better, my skin got brighter, the dark circles under my eyes disappeared and my hair’s now not as greasy.
“It’s also made a massive difference money-wise too.”
Mandy said: “I’m really pleased for Sarah. She is proof that it’s never too late to stop smoking and I would urge anyone who is thinking of quitting to come along to one of our sessions and find out about the range of support available.”
For more about Northumberland Stop Smoking Service call (01670) 813135 or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking