New figures released this week by Public Health England (PHE) have shown a marked decrease in the number of smokers in England.

Last year, 16.9% of adults described themselves as smokers, compared with 19.3% in 2012 and experts say the decrease may be partly thanks to the increasing availability of e-cigarettes.

Statistics show that of the 2.5 million smokers who tried to stop last year, a fifth were successful in kicking the habit. According to Public Health England, this represents the highest recorded successful quit rate to date – with around one in seven people being successful back in 2010.

PHE’s research showed that of the 2.5 million who tried to kick the habit, more a million used an Electronic Cigarette as an alternative to smoking, whilst 700,000 people used Nicotine Replacement products like patches or gum.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journey correlates and may explain the dramatic decrease in the number of smokers in England - with lead researcher Professor Robert West at UCL saying that ‘although attempts to stop smoking had stayed roughly the same from 2006 to 2015, e-cigarette use was associated with a greater chance of success.’

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Gina Radford said: "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."

Overall, the smoking rate among women was 14.9%, while in men it was 19.1%.

PHE released these figures ahead of its Stoptober campaign, which seeks to encourage smokes to stop smoking during October.

 According to experts stubbing out cigarettes for at ‘least 28 days greatly increases the odds of being able to kick the habit for life.’

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