Number of smokers in the district continues to fall
The numbers of people
smoking in the district continues to fall, latest figures show.
The figures from Public Health England show that number of people that smoke in
the district has fallen significantly from 19.5% to 17.9% in the space of just
one year. This has also significantly lowered the gap with the average for
Yorkshire and Humber, which is 17%. The rate of decline is also greater than
that of the national average.
The amount of women that smoke during pregnancy has also fallen from 19.5% in
2016/17 to 17.7% in 2017/18.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box CBE,
Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is great news that the numbers of
smokers in the district continues to fall. But nearly 1 in 5 adults in the
district is still a smoker, so we know that there is much more to be done.
“Stopping smoking is the single best thing a smoker can do to improve their
health. By giving up, they can dramatically reduce their chances of having a
heart attack or stroke.
“Quitting isn’t easy, but people are four times more likely to succeed with the
support of a service, such as the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service with has 13
clinics across the district.”
Although smoking levels in the district are falling, the habit is still the
single biggest cause of preventable ill health and death.
Wakefield Council is continuing to work with partners to tackle smoking in the district
by commissioning a stop smoking service, creating smokefree playparks and
events and working with Trading Standards to tackle illicit tobacco.
The Council is also urging people and organisations across the district to sign
up and support Breathe 2025, a campaign which aims for children to grow up
smokefree and protected from health harms caused by tobacco. For more
information visit the Breathe 2025 website at www.Breathe2025.org.uk.
Residents can contact the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service, which can also
support those using e-cigarettes as a quitting aid, by visiting http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk
or call 0800 612 0011.