CIVIC chiefs have been given a Â£100,000 boost to help smokers quit and reduce health inequalities.
The cash will be used to increase the number of successful smokers quitting, reduce the number of youngsters starting to smoke and to crackdown on cheap and illicit tobacco.
Hartlepool Borough Council has been given the cash by the Department of Health as part of its Reducing Health Inequalities through Tobacco Control programme.
It comes in the same week as the Mail revealed that more than 500 law-breakers have been hit in the pocket for dumping cigarette ends.
A total of 531 people were handed Â£75 fixed penalty notices in Hartlepool for dumping cigarette butts between April 2008 and March this year.