A Droylsden resident has kicked his lifetime cigarette habit which has cost him almost £110,000 in total.
Derek Bailey, 76, first started smoking when he was at school and was able to quit after receiving support from the health experts at Be Well Tameside.
His health is already improving and Derek's effort highlights the Tameside Council-backed No Smoking Day campaign on 13 March.
He said: "I've successfully given up smoking for nine months before, and I tried to quit on other occasions, but I didn't manage to give up for good. Now, thanks to support from Be Well Tameside, I feel like I have the strength of mind to make it stick."
"I can now take deep breaths which is fantastic. It's not been easy, but I'm so glad I've done it. You might not quit first time, but if you keep trying you'll get there in the end."
Evidence has shown that smokers are four times more likely to quit with specialist support from organisations like Be Well Tameside, which is available all year round.
The smoking rate in Tameside is 17.6% and, while this has dropped, it's still one of the highest in Greater Manchester and is greater than the national average.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: "Thanks to the dedicated hard work of the Be Well Tameside team, smokers in the borough have the support they need if they're looking to kick the habit and have a fresh start. This work forms a vital part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the smoking rate in the area.
"National No Smoking Day is an important event in our calendar where we can promote our fantastic support services and highlight the dangers of cigarettes to potential future smokers."