by 👩💻 Stephanie Boyd
For many people, smoking tobacco is a costly habit. While e-cigarettes and vaping may have taken a considerable bite out of the market in recent years, it remains to be said that millions are continuing to buy and enjoy traditional tobacco on a daily basis. In the UK, the clampdown on smoking altogether has been a steady process – moves to remove advertising for tobacco from TV, print and radio, as well as the decision to remove cigarettes and associated paraphernalia from open displays in shops and stores, have reportedly worked well to help people curb the habit.
Public Health England is confident that smoking may actually become a thing of the past, however, and that this will happen much sooner than we may think. It’s reported by the body that over a million regular smokers have kicked tobacco for good since 2014, and that only around 15% of adults in the UK actually continue to smoke on a regular basis. This is incredible news, though these figures do still mean that millions continue to light up on a daily basis.
The figures arrive, reportedly, ahead of the UK government’s move to launch their ‘Stoptober’ program, which encourages people up and down the country to quit smoking for the month of October, or for at least 28 days – and Public Health England believes that, if the current rate of quitting is maintained, there will be less than 5% of people smoking in the country by 2030. That’s just over 11 years away – an amazing milestone that’s very close indeed. England is already ahead in the league tables of smoke-free nations, with only Sweden possessing less smokers in Europe on a case-by-case basis.
Giving up smoking is a difficult process and there are many different avenues for support and advice offered by the government and by the UK’s National Health Service to help those who may be addicted to kick the habit for good. Officials, while keen to see figures drop even further thanks to the likes of the Stoptober program, are also keen to advise the public that going ‘cold turkey’, cutting tobacco out altogether, is neither healthy nor effective. Willpower alone may not help you quit smoking – which is why it is a good idea to look into various assistance and support available if you are struggling to quit for good.