Tobacco Control

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Key messages

  • Smoking is the primary cause of premature mortality and preventable illness1.
  • Smoking kills half of all life long users; an average 20 years prematurely2.
  • People on low incomes are twice as likely to smoke as the more affluent,3 to have started younger and to be more heavily addicted.
  • People on the lowest incomes who smoke, spend up to 15% of their total weekly income on tobacco.
  • Lewisham has the fifth highest rate of smoking attributable deaths in London4.
  • More than 40% of total tobacco consumption is by those with mental illness5.
  • Passive (secondhand) smoking in the home is a major hazard to the health of millions of children in the UK who live with smokers6.
  • Children with a mother or both parents who smoke are 2-3 times as likely to take up smoking themselves 7.
  • Only 8% of smokers access a stop smoking service when they try to quit8.

 

 

References

  1. Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Tobacco Control Plan for England. HM Government 2011.
  2. Doll R, Peto, R, Boreham J & Sutherland I. Mortality in relation to smoking: 50 years' observations on male British doctors. BMJ 2004; 328:1519
  3. ONS General Lifestyle Survey 2009
  4. London Health Observatory 2010: local tobacco control profiles for England
  5. Stop Smoking Interventions in Mental Health Settings: A Systems Approach 2010
  6. Passive Smoking and Children: A Report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians March 2010
  7. Passive Smoking and Children: A Report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians March 2010
  8. Office for National Statistics (2010) Smoking and drinking among adults, 2008. ONS

 

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