WE ASKED Examiner readers to take up our New Year anti-smoking challenge.
And you responded in droves.
It was a tough job picking out just SIX people to quit with our help.
But we've done it ... and here they are.
The Examiner lined up six therapists, who specialise in different areas of help for smokers.
They'll all be providing their services free of charge over the next few weeks.
Normally, their combined treatment would cost hundreds of pounds.
Health warnings are getting starker and it's harder than ever to find somewhere in Huddersfield where it's acceptable to light up a cigarette.
So now is the time to give up for good.
Examiner Editor Roy Wright says: "Giving up smoking is often a New Year's resolution that people make.
"But sometimes it's hard to stop without the right help.
"Not only will our quitters have the support of their own dedicated expert, they have the eyes of 80,000 readers watching their progress. If that's not an incentive to succeed, I don't know what is!"
So, meet our contenders - and get ready to read about how they get on through January and into February.
Health hit on job
BUS driver Tony Halstead is currently unable to do the job he loves.
He suffered a stroke in June and is no longer allowed to drive buses.
Tony, 47, of Berry Brow, explains: "This is subject to review next summer.
"Bus driving has been my profession for the past eight years and I want nothing more than to get back to doing my job."
Strokes are rare among men under 50 and Tony, who has three children and six grandchildren, is in no doubt that it was brought about by smoking.
He says: "I've been told it's imperative that I stop immediately or the consequences could be fatal.
"My wife, also a long-time smoker, suffers from emphysema and she's finding it hard to quit, too.
"I have smoked since my early teens, when I went along with friends, and we weren't aware of the consequences.
"To be brutally honest, the habit disgusts me but I feel helpless."
Tony will work with reflexologist Lynda Hull, a former district nurse who works from home in Honley. She says her treatment, normally costing £25 a session, helps general well-being - especially stress - and will give Tony extra strength he needs to go for it.
The fireman who lights up
YOU'D think the last thing a fit fireman would be doing is smoking 10 to 20 cigarettes a day.
But that's the habit that Nick Carter is faced with breaking.
The 49-year-old single dad-of-four has been smoking for 33 years.
He says: "I managed to stop for seven weeks last year but started again due to stress."
Nick, of Netherton, blames peer pressure for starting in the first place, as a teenager.
He continues: "I feel like I'm, letting myself and my family down with this habit.
"I need and want to quit smoking for good, and be able to lead a healthy, active life with my children and grandchild."
Nick will team up with Debbie Taylor Payne, a hypnotherapist based at home in Meltham and at the Colne Valley Clinic in Station Road, Marsden. She says two sessions, which would normally cost £75 together, should be enough to help Nick.
`My daughter Lucy comes first'
PETER Hayes, of Dalton, has a new baby in the house - and doesn't want to breathe smoke over his tiny daughter.
That's the 48-year-old's main motivation for giving up.
The baker at Sainsbury's, Shorehead, first took up smoking at 15. But he managed to stop when he was in his 30s, for 15 years.
Peter's first wife, however, died of cancer, and he took up smoking again when she was very ill.
He says: "I have since re-married and have a newborn baby, Lucy, who's eight weeks old.
"I tried to stop when my wife, Cheryl, came out of hospital with our daughter but with all the stress that comes with babies, I found it difficult and only managed two days.
"I desperately want to stop because it's not healthy. I want to see my daughter grow up."
Peter smokes 20 to 30 cigarettes a day.
Peter's getting help from Nicola Drayton. Based in Crosland Moor, Nicola has recently set up her business in reflexology, energy field work and reiki. She is studying counselling and advanced meditation, too. She has also worked in Social Care and qualified six years ago. Nicola aims to use a range of methods to aid Peter.
BETHANNIE Broadley has suffered the loss of family members through smoking-related diseases.
So the 22-year-old is very keen to give up.
The administrator at Joblink in Huddersfield says: "I started smoking when I was eight, due to older friends.
"Smoking scares me - a lot of my family have passed away because of it.
"My grandad had to have his legs amputated when his arteries hardened and was in a wheelchair for quite a while before he died of lung cancer.
"My grandma died of lung cancer, which happened very suddenly.
"My other grandma has just recently passed away from a stroke through smoking. I understand this should be enough to put me off but I can't seem to kick the habit."
Bethannie, of Newsome, has a daughter and says she doesn't want her to start smoking later in life.
She adds: "I want to set a good example. I want to be able to fun and not get out of breath."
We've matched Bethannie up with Lorraine Bradbury, of the NHS Huddersfield Smoking Advice Service at Princess Royal Health Centre in Greenhead Road. She will provide up to eight free appointments. Help includes discussing nicotine replacement products and motivational talks.
`I know I smell like an ashtray'
RECEPTIONIST Theresa Butterworth had her first cigarette at the age of 13.
She says: "The `naughtiness' of the act was considered cool.
"I started smoking every day when I was 17 or 18. I smoke about 20 cigarettes a day, quite a lot more if I go out socially in the evening, fewer if I go to bed early."
Theresa, of Marsden, works part- time for Eddisons in Huddersfield.
She gave up for eight weeks a year and a half ago, but returned to smoking "once the euphoria wore off".
She says: "My weight shot up as I substituted food for cigarettes. Unfortunately, when I started again, the weight did not drop off.
"I really want to give up. I have a seven-year-old son who I know I am endangering through passive smoking.
"I also know I smell like an ashtray.
"But perhaps the most frightening thing is that for the last couple of years, I have got breathless so quickly."
Theresa will get together with Rebecca Hunter, an acupuncture practitioner at the Medico Practice, New North Road, Huddersfield.
She has been practising 15 years, including work in the NHS, training with GPs, examining and teaching. She envisages a maximum of six sessions in the ancient Chinese therapy, usually costing £40 each, will help.
Smoker's `Thank you for not smoking' sign
HAIRDRESSER Michelle Lingard has a notice up in her Kirkheaton salon that says: "Thank you for not smoking".
But as soon as she shuts up shop every night, lighting up is the first thing on her mind.
The 37-year-old, of Lascelles Hall, says she's tried to give up smoking three times, without success.
She continues: "I've had numerous health scares, I've lost some close ones to smoking-related diseases.
"I have a husband who's never smoked and a four-year-old who wants mummy to stop!
"I hate it myself, and I feel like a leper.
"Yet I still smoke 20 a day. I'm sick of it.
"I've tried patches, smoking advice, a book by Allen Carr ... please help!"
We're matching Michelle with Rajan Samra. This meditation and life coaching therapist at Cote Royd House, Halifax Road, Huddersfield, has been healing, teaching and training for 20 years.
He's brought together kinesiology, spiritual healing, yoga and counselling. His selling point is his ability to harness the "emotional forces" of his clients.