Credit crunch leaves smokers too stressed to quit

Almost a quarter of smokers, 23%, have delayed plans to quit smoking in the last six months because the economic downturn has left them too stressed, according to UK research.

Smokers said that they were more likely to cut down on supermarket shopping and clothes than on cigarettes.

The results come from a survey of 877 people and will be presented today at the UK National Smoking Cessation conference in London.

Commenting on the results, Jennifer Percival, tobacco policy advisor at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said: ‘This study suggests that over two million smokers are currently delaying their quit plans and exposing themselves for longer to the harmful effects of smoking.

‘We know that the earlier people quit, the better it is for their health, so we need to provide effective cessation options and support to those who are delaying their quit plans to help them to stop smoking now.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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