A lung disease sufferer has made an emotional plea for others to quit smoking before it’s too late.
Former heavy smoker June Butler’s life has never been the same since she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 10 years ago.
The 70-year-old, from North Shields, gave the warning to show her backing for the Every Breath campaign, launched by anti-smoking office Fresh.
Mrs Butler and 42-year-old daughter Sharon Emms, from Whitley Bay, said they wanted to use their story to inspire others to quit.
"It’s just not worth it", Mrs Butler said. "Look at me and quit."
Mrs Emms said: "One of the hardest things for me to see is how COPD has affected her relationship with her grandkids.
"My two children adore their Nanny and even though they know that she physically can’t play with them, they really wish she could."
The North East has the highest percentage of people who suffer from COPD in England.
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