Just one in 10 will be a smoker

Adult smoking prevalence is down to 14.9 per cent

Adult smoking prevalence is down to 14.9 per cent

Recent research has also found that nearly 2,300 years of potential life are lost because of smoking-related illnesses in Hartlepool, say health bosses.

Last night, scientists criticised the health body for promoting the sale of "unproven products", many of which are made by the tobacco industry.

Cumbria County Council is supporting this year's Stoptober campaign from Public Health England and encouraging the county's 59,000 smokers to take part.

The organisation said only independent e-cigarette shops are listed.

Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, North East smoking rates have fallen by 44% since 2005, when 29% of North East adults smoked down to 16.2% of people in 2017 - around a quarter of a million fewer people smoking.

It said that every year around 400,000 smokers quit successfully in England - the equivalent of around one every 80 seconds.

But turning to nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or lozenges, can increase that by 1.5 times.

The health body estimates that of the 6.1 million smokers in England, around six in 10 want to quit.

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"We predict that thousands of smokers will give up every day over the next 10 years - I urge smokers not to be left behind". But we are not complacent - we know we must do all we can to keep encouraging smokers to quit for good.

The advice for committed smokers who can not quit is to switch completely to e-cigarettes will significantly benefit their health.

- Visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out more about the support available.

"Stoptober has helped over one million people quit across the country, and is the biggest mass quit attempt. Funding must be found if the government is to achieve the vision of a smoke-free society by 2030", Deborah Arnott, chief executive of smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health, told CNN. I've tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me. This year, however, the time was right and I wanted to do it for me.

"Before I stopped smoking I was getting very short of breath; now I can walk up three flights of stairs at work fairly easily". I'm now on the lowest nicotine strength and will then come off the e-cigarette altogether when the time is right for me.

However, PHE warned that the majority of people attempting to quit are not using the most effective methods. "Choose the support that is right for you during Stoptober and become smoke free".

The Stoptober campaign began in 2012 and is based on research that if smokers can go for 28 days without a cigarette then they are five times more likely to quit for good. A further 900,000 people have given up both smoking and vaping.

In 2017 there were 6.1 million smokers and 6.4% of those quit successfully past year (390,400).

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