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Letters Smoking cessation

Smoking prevalence in England is below 20% for the first time in 80 years

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1378
  1. Jamie Brown, senior research fellow1,
  2. Robert West, professor of health psychology1
  1. 1University College London, London WC1E 7HB, UK
  1. jamie.brown{at}

We would like to expand on the “who smokes” section of Zwar and Mendelsohn’s timely clinical review of smoking cessation by sharing the latest findings of a large national surveillance study, which has been tracking smoking prevalence in England since 2006.1 2 Each month a new sample of about 1800 people aged ≥16 years is selected by random location sampling to complete a computer assisted household survey with a trained interviewer. Prevalence data are weighted to …

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