Young people's attitudes to smoking are 'very encouraging', says Asthma UK

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

A new study out today [Monday 1 April 2019] reveals that around 3 in 4 young people don’t think smoking is normal, despite the recent popularity of e-cigarettes. Responding to the study, Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, says: 

“It’s very encouraging that young people increasingly see smoking as negative, despite the recent popularity of e-cigarettes.

“More than half of people with asthma say that cigarette smoke triggers their asthma* and it can irritate the airways, leading to a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. 

“One of the best things people can do to help their asthma is to give up smoking, but in England, there has been a 75 per cent decline in stop smoking treatments prescribed by GPs and pharmacists.** There needs to be continued investment into stop-smoking support so people can quit smoking and improve their health.

“For more information and support for stopping smoking, visit

Notes to editors

* This was from Falling Through the Gaps: Why more people need basic asthma care, whichincluded a survey of 7,611 people with asthma across the UK. 53,4% of people surveyed said cigarette smoke triggered their asthma

**British Lung Foundation, (2018). Less Help to Quit: What’s happening to stop smoking prescriptions across Britain.[accessed July 2018]