New Year quitting resolution for one in nine smokers in Derbyshire

Love them or hate them, it’s time for New Year resolutions again.

By Federica Bedendo, Data Reporter
Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 7:41 am

Pledging lifestyle improvements and kicking bad habits is a firm favourite for many at the start of the year – and smokers are no exception.

January is a popular time for smokers to consider quitting – as figures show one in nine people in Derbyshire may be considering.

Public Health England data shows 11% of the area's adults were smoking in 2020 – below the national average of 12.1%.

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Public Health England data shows 11% of the area's adults were smoking in 2020 – below the national average of 12.1%.

The smokers include 9.9% of women in the area and 12.3% of men.

While 60.4% of Derbyshire residents who never smoked will have no idea how it feels to be faced with the task of quitting as the clocks strike midnight, 28.6% of those reporting to be ex-smokers might be reflecting on their success.

And when it comes to quitting, more men than women reported to have been able to kick the habit – 26.7% of adult female smokers and 30.7% of males

The Government has launched a new campaign to encourage people to stop smoking in 2022, as new research shows teens whose parents smoked are far more likely to pick up the habit.

Analysis by The Better Health Smoke Free shows 4.9% of young teenagers whose caregivers smoke also smoke regularly, versus 1.2% of those whose caregivers do not.

Professor Nick Hopkinson of Imperial College London said: “Our research findings are clear – adult smoking has a tangible impact on children.

“Children whose caregivers smoke are four times as likely to take up smoking themselves.

“The most effective way to help prevent this would be for adults to quit smoking – clearly not only does this have enormous benefits for them but it will also benefit their children both now and in later life.”

Health minister Maggie Throup said she hoped the research would give parents extra motivation to quit smoking.

The Better Health campaign gives access to free quitting support and tools, including help from local Stop Smoking Services, the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan.