It's a tragic fact that half of all smokers will die from a smoking-related illness, some in their 40s. But it is never too late to quit – for yourself and for your family.
Stopping smoking is the single biggest step you can take to improve your health and reduce your risks of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and COPD – a group of debilitating respiratory diseases that cause breathing difficulties.
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Blackley dad-of-one Michael suffered COPD for 12 years but continued to smoke until he was at ‘death’s door’ in hospital and told ‘one more cigarette would kill him’.
A dad to two young children, Kevin is facing an uncertain future after being diagnosed with kidney cancer, which has spread to his lungs.
Timperley teaching assistant and ex-smoker Leigh Webber beat lung cancer in January 2017. She has transformed her life, swapping cigarettes and junk food for regular running.