Since the famous English Aristocrat and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh introduced England to tobacco in the very late 1500s the entire United Kingdom have become globally renowned for being a country of smoker’s.
Despite the a packet of 20 cigarettes costing an average Â£7.00, local authorities banning smoking from all forms of public transport, work establishments and many designated public places including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants, and the soaring cancer rates, the good ole Brits like nothing more than to light-up a ciggy whenever they get the chance and exhale their hard earned cash to go up in smoke.
But thanks to millions of pounds spent by the NHS to help the good people of the nation quit their bad smoking habit, a record number of smokers have turned to the health service to find the best tips available to help them become smoke-free.
Latest figures revealed show that nearly 788,000 people from England alone used the NHS Information Centre this year to find help to quit smoking but out of those a staggering 384,000 will go on to relapse and light up their costly dangeorus sticks once more.
Based on these figures it shows that many are finding a greater resolve to quit smoking but in nearly half of all that attempt to quit end up smoking again.
“NHS Stop Smoking Services in England saw more quit data set with it in the last financial year than ever before, and indeed the greatest ever number of quit attempts.
“But while a bigger number of quit dates are being set with the service and the number of attempts to successfully kick the habit have also risen, overall the success rate is hovering at just below healf.
“This shows how much people want to quit and yet how hard it can be.
“few smokers will manage to quit the first time so it is encouraging that a great number of smokers are getting the best help available”, said Tim Straughan from the NHS Information Centre.