VISITORS to a Durham shopping centre will be able to get help giving up cigarettes today for National No Smoking Day.

The Durham and Chester-le-Street Primary Care Trust smoking cessation team will be at The Gates telling people about the dangers of smoking and what help and support there is if they want to kick the habit.

Centre director Andy Bradley said: "The team will be offering practical and realistic help to make it that bit easier for people to give up this No Smoking Day."

"Smokers will also have the opportunity to try nicotine replacement gum and other products designed to help people quit."

The Gates banned smoking in March 2004 and it has since been renamed - it used to be the Milburngate Centre - and refurbished.

Mr Bradley said: "The centre owner ING Retail Fund Britannica LP has invested well in the centre and are working to attract a number of new retailers over the coming months to compliment the new-look and much fresher smoke-free malls."