A survey on people's smoking habits has revealed that a quarter of people class between six and 20 cigarettes as only a "social habit", while more than 50% have broken the smoking ban to light up.
- Around 60% of all those questioned said they have tried giving up in the past, with women being slightly more likely than men to have attempted quitting
- One in six of those who had tried to stop smoking succeeded for over a year but then went back to their old habits
- Some 13% said part of the reason they took up smoking again was because their friends smoked and they did not like being left alone on nights out
- Other reasons included the effects of alcohol, a football team losing and because the smoker did not want to miss out on socialising with work colleagues
- Of those who did go back to smoking, 47% said they had initially cut down how many cigarettes they smoked
- The poll also found that 54% of smokers admitted to smoking in banned areas, such as indoors in public spaces.
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