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Quitting fags allowed us to buy two new cars - say couple
A DARLINGTON couple who were able to buy a new car each on the proceeds of not smoking for a year are backing next month's major 'Stoptober' drive to encourage people to give up tobacco for good.
Liam Hamilton, 27, a council worker from Darlington, successfully quit smoking with his partner, Danny McCabe, 21, during Stoptober last October.
One year on, they have saved up more than £5,000 which they have used to buy two new cars.
"I started smoking when I was 19. I'd tried cigarettes at school, but it wasn't until I started regularly smoking on a night out with my friends that I got hooked," said Mr Hamilton.
"Before quitting smoking for Stoptober, I was having up to 25 cigarettes a day. Each time I played football I soon felt out of breath. I knew smoking was really affecting my fitness.
"Being a smoker is also very expensive. A few years ago, when I was looking for a job and struggling for money, I was so addicted to cigarettes that I would choose having one over buying food."
The couple both visited their local Stop Smoking Service for support, which they describe as being a great help.
"I'd encourage anyone thinking about quitting to give Stoptober a try. There's so much help and support out there for you and it really is worth it," Mr Hamilton added.
Christine Terry, 58, and her husband, Ray, 63, from Shotton Colliery, in County Durham, are also celebrating being smokefree after giving up last year.
Before then they had been spending more than £400 a month on cigarettes.
The couple have been able to save more than £2,000 to treat themselves to a new three-piece leather sofa from the money they would have spent on smoking.
What really made them stop was Mr Terry being diagnosed with the early stages of the lung disease COPD.
"This was a real wake-up call and I knew we both had to quit," said Mrs Terry.
The couple both attended their Stop Smoking Service in Easington and found the support "fantastic."
Stoptober is being backed in the region by Fresh, the regional tobacco control office, every local authority, a wide range of employers and the regional TUC.
For more information on quitting smoking ring 0800 011 3405 or follow Fresh on facebook and twitter @FreshSmokeFree.
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