Fewer Smokers Joined Stoptober 2015
In England has ended Stoptober, greatest quit smoking initiative in the country, and now they do examine the results of it. Thus data shows that this year nearly 215,000 smokers joined Stoptober, which encourages people to not smoke for 28 days.
However, organizers are not satisfied with these results because in 2014 much more people joined Stoptober. Official data shows that in 2015 number of Stoptober participants dropped by 15% compared to last year.
Public Health England (PHE) explains that 2015 results do reflect a drop in smoking rates from nearly a third of smokers in 1985 to 18.4% in 2013. People refuce from smoking due to high cigarettes prices and smoking bans in public places.
Recently, England discussed the possibility to ban cigarettes displays in shops.
Cigarettes prices raised by 87% between 2004 and 2014, which made smoking 30% less affordable. Despite this, in England today still there are around 8 million smokers. Health officials are unhappy that the country spends millions pounds annually to treat smoking related diseases.
According to Public Health England, Stoptober may help greatly to reduce smoking rates by encouraging people to quit for 28 days. After that many smokers take a decision to get rid of the habit for good.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, wrote: “Congratulations to those who have made it 28 days smoke free this Stoptober: your body will already be feeling the benefits and I urge you to remain strong and stop for good. ”
For Stoptober 2015 there were invited famous English people to invite smokers to join the initiative: Shappi Khorsandi, Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray.
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