A HARTLEPOOL man with a chronic illness has urged smokers to give up the habit - and said: “It knocks your life to bits”.
Denham Thomas’ life has been devastated by the effects of smoking.
The 62-year-old from the West View area, who lives with his partner and full-time carer Debbie Myles, 49, was first diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) 18 years ago - four years after he had quit cigarettes.
He said his condition has become gradually worse ever since his diagnosis.
The former pub landlord blames his condition on smoking and said: “It is really important that people quit. Sometimes I sit on the wall outside my home and I see children blasting away.
“I look at them and say ‘give it up. Look at the state of me’.”
Denham quit smoking at 40 years old after suffering from exhaustion and breathlessness in his late 30s.