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The number of smokers plunges to the lowest in 40-years


The number of smokers plunges to the lowest in 40-years

The number of smokers plunges to the lowest in 40-years

The number of smokers in Britain has plunged to just 17.2 per cent, down from 2010, when more than 20 per cent of people still smoked and the lowest it has been in 40-years, .

Data from the Office for National Statistics said 56.7 per cent of smokers have quit, the highest proportion of quitters since 1974.

Cigarette smoking remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in the UK, the ONS said. In 2014, 80,000 deaths were partly put down to smoking.

Deputy chief medical officer Gina Radford said last year: 'The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before.'

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