A study released today showed that almost a quarter of smokers in the last six months are reporting delaying plans to stop smoking, with 28% saying they have been too stressed to make a successful quit attempt.
Smokers also admitted that they were more likely to cut down on their supermarket shop (21%) and clothes (42%) than cigarettes (15%). These results, from a study of 877 people, will be presented tomorrow at the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference in London.
Commenting on the results, Jennifer Percival, Tobacco Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Nursing, London, said: “This study shows that over two million people are delaying quit plans and exposing themselves to the harmful effects of smoking for longer than they need to.
"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.”
The results also highlighted that there are misconceptions around nicotine replacement therapy (or NRT) with 46% of those asked agreeing that giving up smoking with willpower alone is as effective as NRT. Additionally over a third (32%) were unaware that they could get NRT on prescription.
Jennifer Percival continued: “Many smokers don't believe that NRT can help them, but the latest evidence shows that using the optimal dose helps smokers to quit. Educating smokers about quitting smoking remains a challenge, but the better the job we do, the more death and suffering we will prevent.”