Smoking rates in Devon lowest in country as Stoptober returns for fifth year

Posted on: 21 September 2016

Smoking rates in Devon are the lowest ever on record at 12%, with a 15.5% rate across the South West.

Sales of cigarettes across the region have fallen by 14.15% in the past year.

‘Stoptober’ returns for a fifth year with a range of support and advice available for quitters in the South West including the Stoptober app and new Facebook Messenger tool, and information on local Stop Smoking Services.

Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who tried to give up smoking, 500,000 people (20%) were successful – the highest recorded success rate, and up from just 13.6% six years ago.

This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people across the country using aids to assist them.

Last year,  just over a million people switched to e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking cigarettes,  while around 700,000 used nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum.

In the South West, over 30,000 people successfully gave up smoking through their local stop smoking service.

For further information and support to help stop smoking  visit the Stoptober website.

2 comments on “Smoking rates in Devon lowest in country as Stoptober returns for fifth year

  1. seagull says:

    “quit rates are amongst the lowest”? is that an intentional headline?

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for spotting that. It’s double-negative. It should read that quit rates are the highest, etc, or that smoking rates are the lowest. I’ll change it.

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