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National no smoking day


12:00am 14th March 2012

No Smoking Day takes place today.

On the day more than a million smokers are expected to make a quit attempt.

Over the last quarter of a century we've grown into the UK's leading public health event, helping over a million smokers to quit for good.

With No Smoking Day, there's no pressure. When smokers are ready to stop, we're here and ready to help, directing people to the support that's right for them, when and where they want it. 

We know that most smokers would really like to stop, but find it hard to.

So this year we are encouraging smokers to Take the Leap and give it a go.

The theme recognises that giving up is tough, but the positive image and slogan speaks strongly to smokers helping them to aspire to a smokefree future 'Take the Leap' and its energetic accompanying image aim to echo the UK's focus on the Olympics, asking smokers to think about their physical health.

The campaign also coincides with a leap year – leap day will be an excellent opportunity to help smokers prepare to Take the Leap two weeks later on 14 March.

The 'Take the Leap' theme was developed with smokers themselves and reflects the positive messaging of the charity, we are here for smokers who want to quit and will help them take a leap towards a healthier, wealthier future.

No Smoking Day is part of the British Heart Foundation and offers year round resources to help people who want to quit.

Click here for our dedicated quitters' website, our online community forum click here which is host to 36,000 quitters and a suite of resources and tips and advice for smokers.

For more information about No Smoking Day visit ourwebsite by clicking here.

For more help and advice to quit just click here.

The Office of National Statistics:

In 2010, 20 per cent of the adult population of Great Britain were cigarette smokers compared with 45 per cent in 1974 when the smoking data were first collected.

The General Household Survey (GHS) and General Lifestyle Survey (GLF) have been monitoring smoking prevalence for over 35 years. The 2010 survey included questions on cigarette consumption, type of cigarette smoked, how old respondents were when they started smoking, and dependence on cigarettes.

In 2010 two-thirds (66 per cent) of adults who were either current smokers or who had smoked regularly at some time in their lives had started smoking before they were 18 years of age and almost two-fifths (39 per cent) had started smoking regularly before the age of 16.

Among adult smokers, 64 per cent said they would like to stop smoking altogether and 58 per cent said they would find it difficult to go without smoking for a whole day. Furthermore, 15 per cent of smokers had their first cigarette within five minutes of waking up.

Cigarette smoking prevalence was highest among households classified in the routine and manual occupation group (28 per cent smoked in 2010) and lowest among households classified in the managerial and professional group (13 per cent smoked in 2010).

The prevalence of cigarette smoking was lower among married people (14 per cent) in 2010 than among those in the other marital status categories (single: 25 per cent, cohabiting: 35 per cent, widowed/divorced/separated: 23%).

Over the last 20 years there has been a substantial increase in the proportion of smokers who smoke mainly hand-rolled tobacco. In 2010, 39 per cent of men smokers rolled their own compared with 18 per cent in 1990.

Amongst women, in 2010, 23 per cent of smokers said they rolled their own compared with only 2 per cent in 1990.

The difference in smoking prevalence between men and women has decreased considerably since the 1970s. In 1974, 51 per cent of men smoked cigarettes compared with 41 per cent of women, whereas in 2010 there was no significant difference between smoking prevalence among men and among women (21 per cent of men compared with 20 per cent of women).

Over the last 30 years there have been falls in the prevalence of smoking in all age groups. Since the survey began, the GHS/GLF has shown considerable fluctuation in smoking prevalence among those aged 16 to 19, particularly if young men and young women are considered separately.

However, this is mainly because of the relatively small sample size in this age group and occurs within a pattern of overall decline in smoking prevalence in this age group from 31 per cent in 1998 to 19 per cent in 2010.

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