- One in five adults in the North West smokes
- Two-thirds of smokers started before they were 18.
- Smoking is highest among 25-34 age group, and lowest among the over 60s
- Six out of ten smokers say they would find it hard to last a whole day without smoking
- Seven out of ten smokers have their first cigarette of the day within an hour of waking up
- Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking
- Every year over a third of smokers try to stop
- Almost nine out of ten of smokers agree that smoking should be banned in restaurants and other public places
- If you’re in low paid work or on benefits you’re twice as likely to smoke as if you’re in a well-paid job or profession
- People in low paid work or on benefits take longer and deeper drags on cigarettes than smokers in better paid jobs or professions
- Social attitudes to smoking are increasingly linking it to negative assumptions about intelligence, work, and social status
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