Only one in 10 people will be smokers in five years’ time, new statistics suggest
Public Health England (PHE) has estimated that only one in 10 people will be smokers in five years’ time.
PHE said that smoking rates among adults in England are expected to fall from the current level of 14.9% to around 10% by 2023.
The number of smokers has fallen by more than a million since 2014, with 400,000 people successfully quitting every year in England, which is the equivalent of one every 80 seconds.
The stats have been released ahead of the annual Stoptober campaign, a month long camping encouraging smokers to quit.
Sarah Mirfin, Lifestyle Officer at Heart Research UK, said: “Giving up smoking is one of the best things that a person can do to improve their overall health and well-being.”
“Smoking is also a major risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the single biggest killer in the UK, being responsible for almost 70,000 deaths every year”.
“Various strategies in recent years have drastically reduced the number of smokers in the UK, and these new stats are a testament to the work that has been done by countless people. “We welcome this announcement as a marker of great progress in improving the heart health of the nation.”
Heart Research UK is currently funding a medical research project by Dr Markos Klonizakis at Sheffield Hallam University into the benefits and risks of using e-cigarrettes to stop smoking. You can read more about that project here.