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Want to quit for good?

Want to quit for good?

Published at 7:01am 9th March 2016. (Updated at 2:40pm 9th March 2016)

Yorkshire's smokers are being encouraged to kick the habit on No Smoking Day.

It's estimated that there are more than 850,000 smokers living in the region, which is the highest rate in England. 

Yorkshire Cancer Research says that smoking can lead to 16 different types of cancer, the most common being lung, laryngeal, oesophageal and oral.

Smoking is also estimated to cause over a third of bladder cancers, more than a quarter of pancreatic cancers and more than a fifth of stomach cancers. 

Dr Kathryn Scott, Head of Research and Innovation at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "Tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the world. In Yorkshire particularly, we are extremely concerned about the impact of smoking on the number of cases of cancer diagnosed.

"We would encourage smokers to see their GP if they are interested in quitting. Evidence suggests that smokers are four times more likely to quit successfully using a combination of medication and behavioural support."

Below is a list of support services which can help you quit: 

www.nhs.uk/smokefree 

quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk/onedayquit

www.smokefreelifenorthyorkshire.co.uk

You can call Smokefreelife North Yorkshire on 0800 246 5215 or 01609 663023 or text QUIT to 66777.

Smokefreelife North Yorkshire's 'Wellness on Wheels' vehicle will be offering advice and support on Prospect Crescent in Harrogate from 10am until 3pm.

You can also get support from Bradford’s Stop Smoking Service on 01274 437700.