England hopes to be smoker-free by 2030



Just one in 10 English people will smoke cigarettes in five years and Britain could be a smoke-free society by 2030.


The forecasts were made after 400,000 people gave up smoking in England last year, leaving 6.1 million smokers -- or 14.9% of the population in the country.


Over one million Brits quit smoking in the last four years however Public Health England (PHE) warned that the majority of people attempting to quit are not using the most effective methods.


6 in 10 smokers want to give up but most who try rely only on willpower -- or going "cold turkey" -- which is the least effective way to quit.


The organization launched its Stoptober campaign on Thursday, encouraging people to give up cigarettes for 28 days in October.


One of the biggest challenges to get everyone to quit in England is a disparity in income level: 1 in 4 manual laborers smoke as opposed to 1 in 10 in managerial and professional posts and the health organization wants to have the tobacco companies pony up the money for more programs to help everyone at every level quit.