ALMOST 12,100 people across Sunderland and the North East have stubbed out their smoking habit this month.
The quitters have joined 250,000 people across the nation in turning their back on cigarettes this month as part of Stoptober.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to one week if you remain smoke-free.
Ailsa Rutter, director of the campaign group Fresh Smoke Free North East, said: “It is fantastic to see so many people across the region have used Stoptober as a chance to quit and break free of the daily problems smoking brings, such as the cost and impact on health.
“More people have signed up for Stoptober than last year.
“It has been an incredible month here in the North East, with events happening all over, Stoptober taking over town centres and football stars backing the campaign.
“Staying quit for 28 days is a massive achievement, but we’re just encouraging people now to keep going, not just for the money they will save but to also be around longer with their loved ones.”