Although smoking is at a record low, around 15 per cent of adults in Hampshire still smoke. Six out of ten smokers want to quit but many people try using willpower alone, despite this being the least effective method. Evidence shows that people are four times more likely to succeed with the help of a stop smoking service. Last year, the Local Authority funded stop smoking service, Quit4life, helped over 2,600 Hampshire smokers to quit.
Quit4life’s approach is that as people don’t start smoking alone, so they shouldn’t quit alone, and the service specialises in supporting those who wish to use e-cigarettes to help them quit. E-cigarettes – while not risk-free – are at least 95% less harmful than smoking.
Around 2.5 million adults are using e-cigarettes in England and they have helped thousands of people to quit successfully, but nearly half of smokers still either wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or don’t know that vaping poses much lower risks to health.
For further information on stop smoking support for Hampshire residents, visit Quit4life.