There has been a marked rise in the number of people quitting smoking over the last year, according to a leading anti-smoking group.
Amanda Sandford, the research manager at Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), made her comments in response to statistics from the NHS Information Centre, which found that 671,259 people set a quit date through the services in 2008/09, a decrease of one per cent on 2007/08 but an increase of 12 per cent on 2006/07.
She said that by focusing on the fact there has been a slight drop compared to the previous year is "misleading to say the least" and that people should look at the long-term trends presented.
She continued: "If you get people to stop smoking then you can avoid most of the serious life-threatening diseases and therefore the associated costs with those diseases."
Such conditions which have been notably linked to smoking is the increased change of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, which all affect the older community.
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