SMOKERS on Wearside are being urged to bin the fags this festive season.
Christmas and New Year is one of the more popular times for people to turn over a new leaf and quit smoking.
And now Fresh, the North East’s tobacco control programme, and the Stop Smoking Service in Sunderland, have put together the 12 Tips of Quitmas to help those wanting to stub out their habit.
They include advice from mum Emma Cavanagh, from Moorside, who quit smoking two years ago.
Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Last year was a record-breaking year here in the North East, for people quitting smoking.
“Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health – and quitting will be the best gift you can give your loved ones this Christmas too.
“We have fantastic stop smoking services in the North East which help people to quit smoking.
“We want 2012 to be an even more successful year for would-be quitters and have asked the stop smoking services in the region to share some of their best advice.
“Hearing from real people is inspiring – they’ve been there, they know what it’s like and have succeeded – so we’ve also asked them to pass on tips as well.
“I would urge anyone who is thinking about stopping smoking to give it a go.
“Get in touch with your local stop smoking service and help make your 2012 a happier, healthier and wealthier year.”