Wednesday, March 10, 1999 Published at 05:22 GMT
No Smoking Day 1999
Thousands decide to quit the demon weed on National No Smoking Day. BBC News Online's health team looks at the issues surrounding a killer that costs the NHS £1.7bn every year.
The government is to use No Smoking Day to announce the launch of a helpline to give advice to pregnant women who want to quit the habit.
Only a half of smokers know the symptoms of lung cancer, the number one tobacco-related killer, according to a survey.
A major study is set to establish whether price hikes deter children from taking up the habit.
Women are more emotionally dependent on cigarettes than men, a study reports.