‘Never start smoking’

A former smoker has talked about the stroke which led to him quitting smoking. Don’t let this be you and join us in our hunt for who has the eX-smoker Factor in Warwickshire.

john leeJohn Lee, who had a stroke at the age of 42 which paralysed his left side, told BBC News it had come “completely out of the blue”.

“I had been playing golf in Portugal. I flew home, got in the shower, felt a bit light-headed and that was it.

“My twins were seven years old at the time… The children were devastated. It’s really hard to explain the effect a stroke has.

It doesn’t just affect you, it affects everyone around you.

“I was married at the time – since then my marriage has broken down, basically due to the stroke.

“The children have gone from having a dad that can run around and play football and do everything with them, to basically being able to do nothing.

“I would encourage anyone never to start smoking.”

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