A new team has launched at the Royal Bolton Hospital aimed at helping people stop smoking.

The people will involved will work with those who smoke when admitted to hospital.

Evidence shows this is one of the best time to help people stop the habit.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Turst has been supported with funding from Greater Manchester's treatement programme The Cure Project to reintroduce this service.

Tom Monaghan, a matron in respiratory services at the trust said: "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, disability and illness, so The Cure Project is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future health of our population and provide support.

"By ensuring that we know about patients who wish to stop smoking early on in their hospital admission, a specialist practitioner will be able to visit patients to discuss their wishes for their smoking cessation.

"Patients can then be offered nicotine replacement therapy as well as a face to face hospital review, with potential follow up in the future to help break smoking habits."