Ban on smoking fails in 2008


Wednesday 21st January, 2009

Smokers quitting the nicotine hasn’t significantly decreased since the government introduced the smoking ban in 2007.

Despite millions being spent on encouraging people to give up smoking, the numbers stopping have tailed off.

Barely a quarter fewer smokers kicked the habit between April and September 2008 compared to the previous year when the ban was introduced.

The Department of Health have been quick to point out that the smoking ban was to first protect people from passive smoke and then to encourage smokers to quit.

The official stance on becoming an ex-smoker is someone who has successfully given up smoking for four weeks and these numbers dropped from over 176,000 in 2007 to 133,704 in 2008. In 2006 before the ban was in place 128,868 people managed to quit smoking. The cost to help one smoker quit in 2008 has been estimated at £244, the previous year it was £148 – a 65% increase to the taxpayer.

Critics are pointing to the fact that the “nanny state” in the UK is ineffective and costly with glossy adverts and television exposure failing to stem the tide.

A recent survey discovered that the average smoker still has the same amount of cigarettes per day but men aged 16-34 have increased the number of cigarettes smoked per day by one and a half.

NHS services are claiming that the increase should be put into context with the figures in 2006 which are substantially lower than that year and a better indicator of success.

Perhaps it’s time for some of that money to be invested into alternative and complementary methods to help people kick the habit? There are a number of therapies available with proven results in helping people quit smoking.

Learn more about smoking addiction and the therapies that can help you stop smoking here

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