Nearly half of ex-smokers back cigarette tax rise

12 March 2014        

Cigarette on ashtray

Nearly half of ex-smokers think the controversial move to increase tax on cigarettes would help more smokers quit, according to new research we’ve released today to mark No Smoking Day.

The advice from ex-smokers supports our call for a 5% above inflation increase on cigarette tax in next week’s budget that has the backing of 80 health organisations.

Increasing tax by 5% is predicted to help 104,400 smokers quit and save 479 lives in the first year alone.

Our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, said: "This message comes from people who've managed to quit smoking themselves. This is not about Nanny State intervention. This is about a practical measure that saves lives – and one that people who’ve managed to break their addiction to tobacco say will help.

“We know two thirds of smokers want to quit and more than a million of them will try to do just that today – No Smoking Day. We hope their voice and their efforts will not go unnoticed by ministers, who also have Big Tobacco whispering in their ear."

Measures to help smokers

When asked what other interventions would help more smokers quit in future, ex-smokers surveyed said:

  • Over two in five (43%) said GPs should approach the subject more often with smokers during routine appointments
  • Over a third (35%) said more information should be available about local stop smoking services
  • Just over a third (34%) said having more ‘quit smoking’ information in public places, such as gyms, workplaces and leisure centres

Help to quit

Last year our No Smoking Day campaign encouraged a million people to try and quit smoking on the day. This year’s ‘V for Victory’ theme is set to inspire smokers to win the battle against cigarettes for good.

Smokers who want more information and support to help them start a victorious quit attempt can visit the No Smoking Day website or join the conversation on Twitter using #nosmokingday.