New Greater Manchester campaign encourages people to quit smoking

A new campaign has been launched across Greater Manchester encouraging people to give up smoking.

Launched by the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership, it is part of a plan to make the city-region smokefree by 2030.

It follows Stoptober, a national campaign encouraging people to give up smoking for 28 days.

One woman proudly supporting the campaign is Debbie Lindsay, 61.

Lindsay, a retired primary school teacher who had smoked since the age of 15, was hospitalised with COPD in 2021.

She quit smoking with the help of the NHS.

Lindsay said: “The best thing about quitting is knowing that my family and grandchildren will get more of me and I’ll get more of them – I want to be here to see my youngest daughter have children.”

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