The latest figures have shown around two-thirds of smokers are looking to quit.
Compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the data shows that 67 per cent of current smokers want to give up for the sake of their health.
However, unless urgent action is taken, the death toll from tobacco is still predicted to rise from around five million to more than eight million by 2030.
A statistician from the ONS commented: "The scale of the health problem caused by smoking is clearly shown by the fact that there were approximately 1.5 million hospital admissions in 2008-09 with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking and this figure has been rising steadily since 1996-97 when the number of admissions was 1.1 million."
The news comes ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, which encourages people to go for 24 hours without a cigarette.
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Private treatment news: 28 May 2011