SMOKERS in the south west are being urged to quit for good by NHS campaign The Big Quit.

New research shows that one in ten smokers claim to have quit and over half of south west smokers have thought about quitting since the nationwide ban was introduced on July 1.

Quitting smoking is not easy and in response to those that did quit but started smoking again, the NHS Smokefree campaign has joined forces with commercial radio.

Among others, Atlantic FM in Cornwall, Original FM in Bristol, and Orchard FM in Taunton and Yeovil have launched a nationwide campaign encouraging people to quit smoking for good.

Radio stations across the south west are encouraging listeners to sign up to The Big Quit and quit smoking across the region.

Website also offers access to tips and information on local NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Those wanting to quit can call the NHS Smoking helpline on 0800 1699169 where they will find a range of free support.