One in five smokers 'simply cannot quit'

One in five smokers claim they've tried everything to tackle their habit but simply cannot quit, new research shows.

The British Heart Foundation's survey of 2,010 smokers indicates that the majority are aching to drop their reliance on cigarettes but have been unsuccessful in numerous attempts.

Readings provided by show that 82 per cent of the study group had tried and failed to kick their habit at some stage, while one in five (20 per cent) said they simply cannot stop smoking. One in ten went as far as saying they were 'desperate' to beat their addiction.

In addition, 40 per cent of smokers had made between four and 21 attempts to quit in the past. However, a smoker making up to 21 attempts to quit should realise that they're using ineffective methods in their quest - and may wish to try something a little more unorthodox, like a hypnotherapy course.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director for the BHF, said part of the problem was that not enough guidance is given to smokers on possible quitting methods.

"The addiction can be incredibly hard to break and we hear time and time again of smokers who are absolutely desperate to quit, they just don't know where to start," he told

Another problem is that long-term smokers are often surrounded by family and friends who also have an addiction, according to Dr Knapton.

"They're harder to reach and they'll probably find it harder to quit," he added.