Sharp rise in people quitting smoking

The first official data on smoking since the ban on smoking in public places took effect in July last year show a sharp rise in smokers kicking the habit.

Around 165,000 smokers quit between April and September 2007 - an increase of 28 per cent compared to the same period the previous year, according to official statistics published today.

The figures, recorded by the NHS Stop Smoking Service, record the number of smokers who had successfully quit at a four-week follow up interview.

The figures were published by the Information Centre on behalf of the DoH.

Additional figures show that the new DoH 'Getting Off Cigarettes' campaign, launched on 26 Dec 2007, has also resulted in a large increase in calls to the Stop Smoking Hotline.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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