National smoking figures continue to decline

7 October 2014        

The rates of smoking in the UK continued to fall last year, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The new figures show that smoking prevalence in the UK fell by 1.1 per cent from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to 18.7 per cent in 2013.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation said: “It’s fantastic to see the rates of smoking in the UK continue to drop.

“But smoking still blights the lives of millions of people, doubling a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to protect your heart. We urge smokers who want to quit to speak to their GP about NHS stop-smoking services.

“The Government must also play its part by fulfilling its promise to make standardised packaging a reality.”

Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart. That’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day which takes place on March 11, 2015.

For more information go to the No Smoking Day website.