Smokers urged to quit for their health and happiness
- 62% of ex-smokers are happier since quitting
- 91% of ex-smokers experience reduced or same levels of anxiety after quitting
- 48% say they feel more in control of their future
As No Smoking Day (9 March) approaches, Smokefree South West urges smokers to quit.
This year’s No Smoking Day theme celebrates the positive impact that quitting smoking has on health and wellbeing.
In life we’re told never to give up – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.
A recent survey of ex-smokers across the South West also revealed increased levels of happiness in people who had quit smoking.
Nearly two thirds (62%) of ex-smokers in the South West are happier since they quit smoking with around a third saying that giving up smoking has led to major lifestyle changes, according to new research commissioned by Smokefree South West.
The survey also reveals that the vast majority of smokers (91 per cent) experienced reduced or the same levels of anxiety after quitting, even though 35 per cent of people thought that kicking the habit would increase their levels of anxiety.
This is thought to be the first survey of its kind to look into the reasons why giving up smoking has a positive impact on people’s lives and it reveals that it has far reaching impacts beyond the well-known health and financial benefits.
Kate Knight, deputy director for Smokefree South West, said: “Many smokers want to quit but find it daunting. Perhaps some use smoking as a way of removing themselves from stressful situations and worry they will suffer increased anxiety if they quit.”
“It is interesting that over a third of ex-smokers thought quitting would increase their anxiety levels. However, 9 out of 10 told us that they actually experienced lower or the same level of anxiety after quitting.
“Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and your happiness.
"We urge smokers to use this No Smoking Day to quit the habit.
“There is lots of practical support and advice that has already helped hundreds of thousands of people in the South West to break free of tobacco.
Visit www.betheretomorrow.co.uk to find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
Note All percentages and figures in this press release are taken from a OnePoll survey undertaken in 2015, commissioned by Smokefree South West.