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More than 250,000 take part in Stoptober

More people than ever joined the national stop smoking event Stoptober this year. 

Over 250,000 smokers in England and Wales went 28 days without smoking this October. 

And the latest data from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of smokers in England has hit a record low, 

Smokers now account for only 18.4% of the population in 2013, a reduction of 1.1% since 2012, and rates are continuing to fall in 2014. 

People who took part in Stoptober and went smoke-free for 28 days are five times more likely to remain smoke free. 

Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England said: “With more than 250,000 participants, it is fantastic to see that this year's Stoptober has been so successful. Evidence shows the clear health benefits that giving up smoking provides, and that by quitting smoking people can make a huge difference to their long-term wellbeing.

“The success of mass-quit attempts, such as Stoptober, show that a tobacco-free generation is now within sight as more smokers stub out their cigarettes as part of a conscious decision to improve their health.”