A RECORD number Yorkshire of people want to quit smoking.
Last month's No Smoking Day was one of the biggest yet, with 150,000 smokers in the county using the day to make an attempt to quit.
That equates to about one in 10 of Yorkshire smokers.
Pat Hodgson, the co-ordinator of Huddersfield Smoking Advice Service, said: "No Smoking Day has always been a great opportunity for smokers in Yorkshire and Humberside to give up for good.
"This year the response was one of the best ever, with more than 150,000 smokers making attempts to quit.
"Even better is that many smokers also contacted their local NHS stop smoking service for support.
"There are free services right across the region, and we know that smokers are four times more likely to succeed when they use their local service." Health chiefs say smoking is the biggest killer of people in the region, with nearly 10,000 people dying each year due to their smoking.
The good news is that more smokers than ever in the region are quitting.
Nationally, the day was particularly successful in attracting young adults.
Nearly one in five male smokers aged 16 to 24 used No Smoking Day to try and stop.
Women smokers in the same age group were also most likely to stop, with nearly one in 10 females giving up smoking on the day.
With smokers of all ages giving up on the day, No Smoking Day continues to be a celebration for quitters.
Ms Hodgson added: "For smokers who successfully stubbed out their cigarettes for good, the nicotine and carbon monoxide will already be eliminated from their body and the tar will have started to clear out making breathing easier.
"Food will taste better and the sense of smell sharpened.
"And in the past month those who smoked 20 a day will already have saved nearly £150!"
The NHS stop smoking services offer free help that can make it four times more likely that people will succeed in stopping.
The nearest service can be found by phoning 0800 169 0 169.