More Than 1 Million People In The UK Quit Smoking Since The Start Of COVID-19

According to the latest findings from the charity Action on Smoking and Health, also known as ASH (ironic much?), have revealed that more than 1 million people in Britain have quit smoking since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign is supported by respiratory consultant Dr Ruth Sharrock, who has made a heartfelt plea for people to quit to protect their health. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness, causing cancer, heart and lung disease, and smokers who are hospitalised with COVID-19 more likely to suffer severe outcomes than non-smokers.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health says:

“Over a million smokers may have succeeded in stopping smoking since COVID-19 hit Britain, but millions more have carried on smoking. This campaign is designed to encourage those who’ve not yet succeeded, to wake up and decide today is the day to stop smoking.”

The study also concludes that around 400,000 people aged 16-29 have quit compared to 240,000 of those over 50. There are numerous reasons for this but one explanation may be that due to lockdown measures, younger people are spending more time at home and may struggle to hide their habits from older family members.  

Alterative research has added to the growing evidence that vaping can help smokers quit their habit. A study from doctors at Harvard Medical School confirmed that smokers who caped daily were 77% more likely to quit cigarettes after two years.

Action on Smoking and Health is a health charity working to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco use. For more information see: www.ash.org.uk/about-ash.