Even as eighteen months are remaining for the ban on smoking in public places to be enforced, a huge number of smokers are making plans to puff out the habit for good on the National No Smoking Day. According to statistics released last year, during the past 50 years, nearly 6.3 million in the UK have died due to smoking.
According to a survey initiated by the event's organizers, nearly 41 per cent of smokers - around five million people, will make a serious effort to quit smoking on the no smoking day. Going by the records, this is perhaps the largest numbers ever recorded who have decided to kick the butt.
Pro-smoking lobby groups opine that despite the ban due to be in force in 2007, smokers will still resort to using tobacco at home. But anti-smoking campaigners firmly hold ground that this ban will encourage many to give up the habit.
Ben Youdan, No Smoking Day's chief executive, said: "People put it off and put it off, but the fact that there was such an overwhelming vote to make public places smoke-free was the straw that finally broke the camel's back."