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Smoking Rates in England at Lowest Levels Ever: Public Health England

Posted 15th Aug 2016 to Vaping News


Smoking rates in england at lowest ever


According to Public Health England, English smoking rates are at record low levels. Year-end levels for 2015 were 16.9% of England’s population, while 2014 was 17.8%. Cancer Research UK applauded the new low rates, but cautioned that more work needs to be done to target specific populations and areas of England.


Alison Cox, the director of prevention for Cancer Research UK, said “Today’s data shows large regional variations that reflect health inequalities between the richest and poorest in England.” The East Midlands, North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber have smoking rates between 18 and 18.7%, above the national average.


Routine and manual occupation smoking rates still high


The group with the highest smoking rates was workers with routine and manual occupations. Although they decreased from 28% to 26.5% from 2014 to 2015, this number means that slightly more than one in four people in these occupations are still smoking. Cox pointed out that cuts to effective means of smoking cessation, such as local stop-smoking services, could endanger the further decline of smoking rates in the most vulnerable groups.


National Health Service recommends e-cigarettes


On its website, the NHS recommends e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, paired with local quit smoking services. In data collected between April 2014 and April 2015, two out of three quitters who used e-cigarettes along with local stop smoking services successfully quit smoking - which speaks well to the effectiveness of both vaping and local quit smoking services. The NHS also offers a very clear information page for smokers who are interested in learning more about vaping.


How can we keep it going?


In order to keep on achieving lowered smoking rates, local quit smoking programs should receive more funding so they can provide more services, particularly those in areas with higher smoking rates. Additionally, vaping replaces many of the behavioural aspects of smoking, where other smoking cessation products do not - making them more attractive to smokers who are serious about quitting, but may not want an immediate withdrawal from nicotine. Vaping also allows users to ramp down nicotine levels over a longer time period than traditional smoking cessation products, giving smokers more peace of mind that they will have control over the process of their nicotine intake.


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