‘Please stop smoking, don’t end up like my dad’ – Sunderland teenager’s plea after father suffers stroke

Elizabeth Docherty with dad Colin.
Elizabeth Docherty with dad Colin.
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A TEENAGER from Sunderland is backing an anti-smoking campaign after her ex-smoker dad suffered a stroke.

Elizabeth Docherty feared the worst when her dad Colin had a smoking-related stroke when he was 44 and she was just six.

Now 16 and preparing for her GCSEs, she is calling on people to stop smoking on the back of Fresh’s ‘Don’t be the 1’ campaign which reveals how one in two long-term smokers will die early from a smoking-related disease.

Colin was taken into hospital for double-heart by-pass surgery and gave up smoking.

Elizabeth said: “It was really traumatic seeing my dad so ill – and all because of smoking.

“I became really scared about what might happen to him if he kept on smoking. My Grandad had died not long before and he was also a smoker. I didn’t want to lose him too. I thought he might die.”

Smoking leads to more than 3,700 hospital appointments and 55,900 GP appointments in Sunderland every year, costing the NHS about £12.93million

Fresh has set up a DontBeThe1.tv website ahead of Wednesday’s national No Smoking Day.