August 2, 2011
Married couples kiss goodbye to passion as the snogs
Our new survey results reveal almost one in five
(18%) married people don’t pucker-up with their partner for an
entire week, while two in five married
people (40%) kiss for just five seconds or less when they do get it
We've released the results on National Kissing
Day to highlight our Emergency Life
Support (ELS) skills campaign because the kiss of life - which
is taught as part of ELS – could be the greatest kiss you ever
give. We're working with Resuscitation Council UK
(RCUK) and calling for ELS to become a mandatory part of
the curriculum in each UK nation.
The survey results aren’t all bad
news though. Young lovers in the 18 to 24 age group are
making out an average 11 times each week and 5% of people aged over
45 are managing over 31 snogs each week.
East Anglians kiss the most
with an average nine snogs each week but Scots are kissing the
longest – their average smacker lasts 28 seconds.
Celebrities including TV presenter Nadia
Sawalha, ITV weather girl Clare Nasir, Magic FM DJ Neil Fox, GB
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, and Hollyoaks sweetheart Carley
Stenson have revealed their greatest ever kiss in
a video in support of the campaign.
Ellen Mason, our Senior Cardiac
Nurse, said: “Our survey reveals some fun facts about the
nations kissing habits but there’s one kiss you might give
once in a lifetime that could be a lifeline.
“The greatest kiss you could ever give someone
is the kiss of life, that’s why we want every young person to leave
school knowing how to help in an emergency situation. This is an
idea which could put hundreds of thousands of new
lifesavers on the streets every year.”
Another of our surveys
recently revealed overwhelming support from teachers,
kids and parents for young people to learn ELS skills at
school. More than 4 in 5 teachers (86%) believe it should be taught
at school, 78% of kids and 70% of parents agree.
scheme has already trained 2.6 million people across the UK in
ELS skills. Now we want as many people as possible to
sign our petition calling on governments to
make learning these vital skills a
mandatory part of the curriculum.