Less than one in five people in England now smoke

12 February 2014        

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Smoking prevalence in England has finally fallen below 20 per cent, according to a large surveillance study.

The study, which has been tracking smoking prevalence in England since 2006, surveys a representative sample of randomly selected people each month.

In 2013, over 22,000 adults were surveyed and less than one in five were found to smoke cigarettes (19.3%).

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Thembi Nkala, said: “It’s fantastic to see the number of smokers in England finally drop below one fifth.

“However, there are still millions of smokers across the nation and smoking remains the number one cause of premature avoidable death in the UK.

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to protect your heart, but giving up without support can be daunting. If you want to stop smoking, don’t keep it to yourself. Speak to your GP about NHS stop-smoking services, and tell your friends and family about your goal so they can support you.

“Last year, nearly a million smokers used No Smoking Day to try and mark the start of their smokefree future. This year, on 12th March, you can join forces with other would-be quitters across the UK to win the battle with cigarettes once and for all.”