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Smokers keep puffing through recession

23rd June 2009

A new survey has shown that many smokers feel too worried about the current economic climate to try to stop smoking.


In a survey by Ipsos Mori of 877 people, nearly a quarter (23%) who smoked said they had postponed plans to give up.

28% said they were "too stressed" to stop smoking over the last six months because of financial and career fears.

If the results of this survey were shared by smokers around the UK, this would mean nearly two million people were putting off plans to stop smoking.

46% said they were "more stressed" now than they had been before and a large proportion of the respondents said this was because of the recession.

73% said that smoking helped them feel comforted when they were worried about things. A quarter said they were smoking more cigarettes during the recession than before.

Jennifer Percival, tobacco policy advisor at the Royal College of Nursing, said the survey was worrying.

She said: "We know that the earlier people quit, the better, so we need to make sure that those who are delaying quit plans are being offered effective options and support to help them to stop smoking successfully."

A spokesman for the smokers' lobby group Forest said: "If people want to give up that's great, but there is no doubt smokers do derive some comfort from tobacco in times of stress.""It reminds us that smokers are just ordinary people and they deserve to be treated as such."

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