THE CYCLE OF TRYING AND FAILING: WHY SMOKERS CAN’T KICK THE HABIT

  • More than two thirds of UK smokers (67%) are planning on giving up at some point in the future
  • 66% of smokers in the UK tried to kick the habit in 2019 and failed – with social situations named the main reason for their failure
  • 11% of people say they want to give up smoking or vaping by the end of this year

With almost three quarters of people (73%) – and 89% of over 55s – agreeing that smoking is less socially acceptable now than it once was, it comes as no surprise more smokers are wanting to kick the habit for good.

In fact, more than two thirds of people (67%) say they are planning on giving up smoking or vaping in the future, with 11% of smokers vowing to be smoke-free by the end of this year.

For those determined to quit, the main catalyst for doing so are the long-term implications smoking has on our health, and for more than half of those who have quit smoking, or are trying to, they say that’s the main reason. The statistics validate their concerns: smoking accounts for approximately 96,000 deaths each year, with an average of 11 people dying every hour from smoking-related illnesses.

But attempting to quit your vice is easier said than done. 66% of smokers say they have tried and failed to quit smoking in the past year and 1 in 5 smokers admit that the reason they don’t plan on giving up their habit is because they have tried to do so many times before and failed. Pressures and temptations in social situations were cited as the main reasons cited for failure amongst those who’d attempted to ditch cigarettes or vapes.

Shockingly though, almost 12% of over 55-year-olds say the reason they’re not planning to give up smoking or vaping is because they believe it’s not affecting their health.

The detrimental effects smoking and vaping has on our health and those around us is widely acknowledged – but why then is it so difficult to quit or find a healthier alternative to wean yourself off cigarettes and vapes for good?