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The end of smoking may finally be in sight as 200,000 people gave up the bad habit last year in England, official statistics show. Government data today reveals 14.9 per cent of adults across the country smoked in 2017 - the equivalent of 6.1 million people. This is down from the 15.5 per cent (6.3 million people) recorded in 2016. Charities branded the data 'encouraging', as it also showed around an extra 70,000 smokers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also quit.