More than 55,000 smokers are ending up in hospital across the South West every year, according to latest figures from Public Health England.
It says it's advised frontline healthcare staff to work even harder to cut these numbers by giving patients advice or stop smoking support.
From 2018, additional funding will be available to acute NHS providers to help achieve targets for delivery of quit advice.
Truro City - the FA Cup side on the brink of homelessness
Whatever happens at Charlton Athletic on Sunday, Truro City have already made history, with the White Tigers being the first club from Cornwall to reach the first round of the FA Cup for almost 50 years.
But almost five years ago the club almost folded after financial problems, leading City to sell their Treyew Road ground to developers for a retail park - with work due to start at the end of this season.
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They are due to move in to the planned new Stadium for Cornwall, but with work yet to start, chairman Peter Masters told BBC Sport that construction must begin soon in order for the club to survive:
"Phillip Perryman (vice chairman) and myself are not quitters, we're investing in the club and we can see a sustainable future at some point, and that sustainable future involves us being in that Stadium for Cornwall and we need to be there within the next 24 months," Masters told BBC Sport.
Plans to create a 'world class' academy in Exmouth providing education and care services to deaf children, young people, and their families have been approved.
Devon teams vow to end use of pyrotechnics
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Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United have joined their fellow English Football League members in a pledge to help end the use of dangerous pyrotechnics within EFL football grounds.
On the eve of Bonfire Night, the Chairman's Charter reflects concerns over the number of flares, fireworks and even smoke bombs entering football grounds.
In 2013, a 15-year-old was hospitalised for lung damage caused by a smoke bomb, while children as young as eight have been used as "mules" to smuggle pyrotechnics into stadiums.
Taking a hard angle, EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “Taking pyrotechnics into our grounds is a criminal offence and, where there is evidence that the law has been broken, the police will always seek to impose a football banning order as an appropriate measure."
An ancient bridge near Killerton has been left damaged by teenagers who crashed into it.
The incident took place on Ellerhayes Bridge at about 04:00 GMT on Thursday morning.
Two 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man are currently in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
It's believed they stole a car from Foxhayes Road in Exeter at 21:00 GMT on Thursday night.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.
Cornish boy, 9, writes to Gary Barlow after missing out on gig tickets
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A nine-year-old boy from Redruth has written to the singer, Gary Barlow, after missing out on tickets to see the Take That star at the Eden Project.
Zachary Simmons was looking forward to seeing him perform but when his mum Samantha tried to buy two tickets as a Christmas present, none of them were available on the official Eden Sessions website.
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Samantha has shared a copy of the letter on social media in the hope it will be spotted by Mr Barlow himself.
Eden Sessions organisers say there was a "massive demand" for tickets which meant "that even people high up in the queue to enter the ticket buying process weren't successful." They also said they are aware that tickets are already appearing on re-seller sites, adding they "do not sell or provide tickets directly to any of these sites".
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he will not play a weakened team when his side host Heybridge Swifts in Sunday's FA Cup first round tie.
Eighth-tier Heybridge are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition having played seven matches to make it through the first round.
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City have Craig Woodman and Pierce Sweeney available after missing last week's 1-1 draw at Mansfield while Lee Holmes, who came off the bench to score the equaliser, is getting closer to being fit enough to start.
"It's the first round of the FA Cup and we want to win it," Tisdale told BBC Sport.
"I'll make a selection based on providing the best performance, but not about giving players games."
Five police officers 'bitten by suspect'
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Five police officers were taken to hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after being bitten by a suspect they were trying to detain in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Police has said.
They each suffered varying degrees of bites, scratches and cuts after being called to the disturbance on Hoegate Street.
The officers have now all returned to duty.
A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.