I was at a Liberal Conference in Dundee in David Steel's time as leader, when I was first impressed by a "Stop Smoking Now" campaigner. Whoever he was, he stood outside in all weathers, including torrential rain, with very large banners and did his utmost to be in the background shots of all tv interviews that were broadcast outside.

So good luck to anyone planning to try and give up in Stoptober. Across Central Bedfordshire there are special clinics in Ampthill, Arlesey, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Flitwick, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard, Sandy, Shefford and Stotfold. Appointments can be booked by calling  free on 0800 013 0553 and press 1 for Central Bedfordshire.

Additional support is available from the Stoptober website  They are providing smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.