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A Resized Quitting Smoking Image cbMarch 15 2018

Around 58% of smokers aim to quit smoking using no smoking cessation aids and by going cold turkey, despite this being the least successful method. 

The figure has been published by Public Health England which is concerned that smokers may be avoiding using aids such as nicotine replacement therapy or e-cigarettes, wrongly believing that nicotine causes cancer.

PHE’s data indicates that four in 10 smokers and ex-smokers think that nicotine in cigarettes is the cause of most of the smoking-related cancer.

In addition:

  • only 7.5% thought that none or a very small part of the risk of smoking comes from nicotine;
  • 14% thought that it was nearly all the risk;
  • almost a quarter (24.2%) of the population didn’t know.

Public Health England’s No Smoking Day message this year aims to raise awareness of public misunderstanding about the harmfulness of nicotine and tobacco-containing products. Instead it says research shows that using quit aids can greatly increase the chances of quitting successfully:

  • using NRT as a quit aid, such as patches and gums, or e-cigarettes makes a quit attempt one and a half times more successful;
  • the chances of quitting are doubled if using a stop smoking medicine prescribed by a GP, pharmacist or other health professional;
  • expert support from a local stop smoking service gives smokers the best chance of quitting successfully;
  • combining quit aids with expert support makes it four times as likely a smoker will stop smoking successfully.

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE, said: “Smoking rates are at their lowest ever level (15.5% of the adult population), but there are still nearly 7 million smokers in England. Smoking kills 79,000 people in England every year and for every death another 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking-related disease.”

Link:
PHE announcement     

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