Knot today campaign looks to help people give up cigarettes on International No Smoking Day.

The theme of the campaign to stamp out smoking was addiction and shoppers on Grafton Street encouraged to put out their cigarettes were awarded with a healthy treat of an apple or a banana.

Grafton Street in downtown Dublin was declared a 24 hour smoke free zone.

The Minister for Health Barry Desmond recently introduced tougher controls on tobacco advertising and plans are afoot to ban smoking in some public places.

Donal O'Shea of the Health Bureau on Tobacco Advertising says that it is clear that the tobacco industry is targeting young people.

An information centre was also set up as part of the initiative where smokers wishing to quit the habit were provided with advice.

Individuals on Grafton Street who are anxious to give up smoking told RTÉ News about previous failed attempts to quit.

There were street performances aimed at highlighting the dangers of "the dreaded cigarettes" and the challenges of quitting.

I know you can do it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 March 1986. The reporter is George Devlin.