This is how many people want to give up cigarettes in England - and the number might shock you

There are more options than ever to help people do so

More than half of smokers in England actually want to quit smoking, official figures reveal.

Nearly sixty per cent of smokers wish they could give up, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That equates to some 3.6million of the 6.1million smokers across the country today.*

The figures come at a time when there are more choices than ever to help quit completely, such as nicotine patches, gums and tablets. There are also better alternatives than continuing to smoke like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco.

The challenge is, whilst some may succeed on their own, many will struggle without the right help and support. For example more than half the smokers in Great Britain do not realise that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking.**

The good news is a brand new campaign, Hold My Light, could help smokers go smoke-free for good.

Hold My Light is a new alternative month long approach aimed at smokers who would like to go smoke free with the help of friends, family or even work colleagues - who will combine support and encouragement along with a fun reward or incentive in return.

In essence, it's a mutual pledge between those who commit to giving up their lighter for an initial 30 days and those who want to offer a helping hand.

It's been well documented that one-to-one support is a popular tool for giving up cigarettes***, and those behind Hold My Light are confident that with a little help from your friends, you could soon be on the path to a smoke-free future.

When you consider research reveals those who stop smoking cigarettes for four weeks are five times more likely to give up for good**, you have nothing to lose but plenty to gain.

Once registered you can share your journey and progress on social media...and maybe gather a few supporters along the way.

See what works for you…

*Office for National Statistics, 2018

**Public Health England, 2018

*** NHS Digital, 2018

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