Quitting is on the minds of most smokers

8 March 2011

The majority of smokers in the UK desperately want to kick the habit, but just find it too difficult to go a day without feeling the urge to light up.

According to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics, almost two-thirds of British smokers want to quit.
The statistics show that the number of smokers in the UK appears to have reached a plateau after several decades of sharp declines.

In the past ten years the number of adults who smoke has remained static - at just over 20 per cent.

The ONS said in a press release, issued before No-Smoking Day, which takes place on March 9th, that smoking and smoking-related diseases were clearly still a major cause for concern in the UK.

ONS statistician Anne Foulger said: "It is interesting to note on No Smoking Day that our analysis shows health concerns were the most commonly mentioned reasons for quitting, with 83 per cent of people wanting to give up mentioning at least one health reason."

1 Foulger, Anne. "Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit the habit". Office for National Statistics. Monday, March 7th 2011.

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