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VIDEO: Number of smokers falls in Yorkshire

VIDEO: Number of smokers falls in Yorkshire

Published at 6:09am 20th September 2016. (Updated at 3:03pm 20th September 2016)

The smoking rate across Yorkshire has fallen by 3.3% over the last four years to 18.6%.

Alongside this, according to the latest data, the number of cigarettes sold in Yorkshire dropped by 15% in 2015.

Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who tried to quit, 500,000 people were successful, which is the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% six years ago.

This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people using quitting aids across England.

In 2015, just over one million people used an e-cigarette to try and quit, whilst around 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum.

In addition, over 31,000 people in Yorkshire used their local stop smoking service in 2015/16.

Corinne Harvey, from Public Health England in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "While we know that quitting smoking is not easy, this Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. 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.

"The introduction of standardised packs removes the glamorous branding and brings health warnings to the fore and e-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now regulated to assure their safety and quality."

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