A former Emmerdale star from the Fylde coast has joined the ranks of those trying to give up smoking as part of Stoptober.
Kelsey-Beth Crossley, better known to many as Scarlett Nichols in the ITV soap, has spoken of her determination to kick the habit.
The 21-year-old, from Fleetwood, is pledging to stop smoking throughout October as part of a national NHS campaign.
She first began smoking cigarettes when she was a teenager, around the time she started on Emmerdale.
But she hopes her fame will help influence others and encourage more people to quit.
Kelsey-Beth, who is currently working on a new TV project, said: “It definitely puts more pressure on me.
“Everyone knows I’m doing it but I think that helps people.
“When I was approached about helping I thought it was a great opportunity to stop and help other people.”
Like many people, she started experimenting with cigarettes at a young age.
She said: “I have been smoking for about five years, on and off.
“I started when I was 16 and it was just light and social but I probably became a full-time smoker by the time I was 18.”
She has already discovered the challenge is not an easy one but Kelsey-Beth is determined to be successful.
She said: “It is a habit and I need to find something to do to fill the time that I used to smoke.”
After meals is a time when many smokers instinctively reach for a lighter and Kelsey-Beth said it is as much about breaking that routine as managing the addiction.
She added: “I recently got a new car and I decided not to smoke in it. That is the first habit I’ve broken.”
And she has found telling people she is taking part in Stoptober has helped spur her on.
She added: “A lot of my friends have said they will either do it with me or not smoke around me.
“I am getting a lot of support.”
Campaign aims to help people give up for good
Stoptober began on Tuesday and aims to encourage smokers across Lancashire to get the help they need to give up tobacco for good.
According to official figures, more than 22 per cent of Lancashire’s residents smoke.
County Coun Azhar Ail, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Lancashire County Council, said: “Smoking kills and is one of the biggest causes of ill health in the country.
“In Lancashire it causes 1,600 deaths in adults aged 35 and over each year – so it’s important we do all we can to encourage people to quit.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Quit Squad is offering a range of support throughout Stoptober and encouraging people to get in touch with them.
Contact the East, West and Central Lancashire Stop Smoking Service on 0800 328 6297 or the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service on 01524 845 145.