‘Quit smoking’ success as ban hits 10-year landmark
July this year marked ten years since the smoking ban was introduced in England within enclosed public spaces, and over the summer Cheshire East Council released data that reveals the number of smokers in the region has dropped by more than 40 percent over that time.
1st July 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the key reform, which meant it is illegal for anyone to smoke in places such as restaurants, shops or in the workplace.
Before the ban, about 23 percent of people in Cheshire East smoked. The current rate is just over 13 per cent, with the North West average being around 17 per cent.
However, smoking levels vary across Cheshire East.
The council’s data showed that around 21 per cent of over 15s in Crewe smoke, compared with just 11.5 per cent in the Alderley Edge, Chelford, Handforth and Wilmslow areas.
The smoking rate is also higher among residents in manual or ‘routine’ jobs.
Smoking is still the single greatest cause of preventable death in the UK – and half of smokers will die prematurely.
Every year, around 96,000 people in the UK die from diseases caused by smoking.
Smoking accounts for over a third of respiratory deaths, more than a quarter of cancer deaths and about one in seven deaths relating to cardiovascular diseases.
The figures also show that a total of 1,660 deaths were related to smoking in Cheshire East during 2012-14, while 443 mothers smoked at the time of pregnancy in the borough in 2015/16 and 4.5 per cent of people aged 15 smoked in 2016.
Fiona Reynolds, director of public health for Cheshire East Council, said: “We would encourage anyone who smokes to access the One You Cheshire East stop smoking service.
“Smokers are far more likely to successfully quit with the help of a trained advisor, and health benefits can be seen quickly after stopping.”
Cllr Liz Wardlaw, cabinet member for health, added: “While the rate of smoking is lower in Cheshire East than many other local authority areas, it is still important for the long-term health of residents that this trend continues – and that people seek the support available to help them quit.”
In order to speak to someone at One You Cheshire East about quitting smoking, phone 0800 085 8818, or visit the One You website at: www.oneyoucheshireeast.org
To qualify, you must live in the borough and be over the age of 12.