Just 10% will be smokers by 2023, say health chiefs

Adult smoking prevalence is down to 14.9 per cent

Public Health England's latest "stop smoking" campaign includes a new website that directs people to an online guide to e-cigarette sellers in their area.

Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them - with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

Figures released by anti-smoking group Fresh ahead of this year's Stoptober campaign show that in 2017 almost 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully, which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day or one person every 80 seconds.

The organisation said only independent e-cigarette shops are listed.

The number of smokers in England has fallen by more than a million since 2014, it added.

It said that every year around 400,000 smokers quit successfully in England - the equivalent of around one every 80 seconds.

The forecasts were made after 400,000 people gave up smoking in England previous year, leaving 6.1 million smokers - or 14.9% of the population in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Smoking rates have hit a record low in England - just 15% of the adult population smoke, a drop of a quarter since 2011.

He said: "I was a 20-a-day smoker for most of my life and I am proud to say I quit smoking earlier this year". But we are not complacent - we know we must do all we can to keep encouraging smokers to quit for good.

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The health body also reported six in ten of the 6.1million smokers in England, want to quit to "benefit their health".

- Visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out more about the support available.

"Since I quit, my husband has also stopped smoking - our children and grandchildren are delighted and were a big motivation in encouraging me to quit". I've tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me.

"I'm planning to treat myself next year and go on holiday to somewhere hot and exotic".

"I'm now on the lowest-strength nicotine and will then come off the e-cigarette when the time is right for me". If I can quit, I honestly believe anyone can quit if you just have the right support, and that's what Stoptober is there to give you and I want people to know that and to do it this year.

"No two people are the same, and therefore it's important that smokers make a quit attempt with the support most suited to them".

We're heading in the right direction to a smoke free Cumbria and campaigns like Stoptober offer a great opportunity to promote different ways to quit and our pharmacies can help too.

In 2017 there were 6.1 million smokers and 6.4% of those quit successfully previous year (390,400).


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