TOBACCO control group Fresh wants people in the North-East affected by smoking to share their real life experiences.

The aim is to put their stories at the heart of a ‘hard hitting’ new campaign later this year warning of the dangers of smoking and showing its potentially devastating harms.

They are hoping to hear from former smokers who have been personally affected by ill-health or family members whose loved ones have suffered from a smoking-related illness.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “It is a brave step to share your experiences with others, but we know that it can have a powerful impact in encouraging others to quit. If you want to make a difference and are interested in backing the campaign, we would love to hear from you.”

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