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pounds 6,000 success as gran quits smoking.

COVENTRY gran Lorraine Purdie has stubbed out her last cigarette - and made herself pounds 6,000 richer.

Mrs Purdie, aged 62, of Abbey Cottages, Binley, was yesterday announced as the winner of the regional and national competition Quit and Win 2000.

She was one of 500 smokers in the West Midlands who signed up for the competition, organised by Smoke Free Birmingham.

They were asking nicotine addicts from across the region to give up smoking throughout May, in time for National No Smoking Day today.

As an extra incentive pounds 1,000 was on offer to the winner of the regional heat.

Lorraine had decided to kick her 20-a-day habit for financial and health reasons, and found out about the competition when she

called into her local pharmacy for some nicotine patches.

She has been "clean" for more than 10 weeks and is celebrating No Smoking Day with pounds 1,000 from the regional competition and pounds 5,000 from national rounds.

She said: "I am thrilled to have won.

"My main reasons for quitting were financial and I was also concerned about my health."The mum-of-three, a smoker for 46 years, was already saving the money she would have spent on cigarettes to go on holiday, and plans a week in Cyprus with friends.

She said she hadn't found it too hard to stop lighting up and the only time she craved a cigarette was when she sat down with a cup of tea.

A new helpline for smokers who want to quit was launched today. The number is 0800 169 0169.
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