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More than 100 people a day are admitted to hospitals in the North East because of smoking-related illnesses, shocking new figures reveal. The statistics, released as part of a hard-hitting New Year campaign, also show smoking has killed more than 16,000 people in the region in last three years. The strain both on people's health and on the NHS is laid bare by the figures, which show 104 patients admitted every day.

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New Year resolutions are made in the hope this year will be different, we’ll have a new start, ditch habits that have been holding us back and take up those that will lead to a happier, healthier life. All too often, though, they have been scuppered by 3 January. But not always. [Guardian] asked readers about the resolutions they managed to keep in 2017.

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