People in North Devon and Torridge are urged to give up smoking as part of the 33rd No Smoking Day.

The NHS is urging people to give up smoking as part of national No Smoking Day today (Wednesday).

The campaign is now in its 33rd year and this year’s theme is ‘proud to be a quitter’.

It comes as figures show 18.8 per cent of people in North Devon and 16.5 per cent of people in Torridge smoke.

The Devon Stop Smoking Service offers free, friendly and confidential support for those wanting to quit.

Greg Price, service manager, said: ““We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting.

“No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Northern Devon to quit for good.

“With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt.

“That’s why we’re pledging our full support to No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.

“Quitting smoking provides life-changing benefits, so make this the day you start to stop.”

Clinics are held in North Devon on the following days:

• Barnstaple Health Centre – Monday (3pm to 7pm)

• Bideford Hospital – Wednesday (2pm to 7pm)

• Caen Medical Practice, Braunton – Tuesday (1.30pm to 5pm)

• Wooda Surgery, Bideford – Thursday (2pm to 6.30pm)

You can contact the Stop Smoking Service on 01884 836024 or email ndht.stopsmoking@nhs.net.