Smoking

YHPHO has become part of Public Health England, joining its Knowledge and Intelligence Team (Northern and Yorkshire).

This page is an historical archive only.

Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of premature mortality in England. Smoking is linked to more than 200 diseases and is the primary cause of lung cancer and COPD. The number of people dying from smoking related diseases is nearly 5 times the combined number of deaths from other preventable causes.
Smoking poses a huge burden on NHS resources. It is the single most significant drain on the NHS. In 2005, smoking cost the NHS in the UK £5.2bn per year.
In 2008, smoking prevalence in the Yorkshire and Humber region was 25%. This means than there were 1.1 million smokers in our region in 2008.
Smoking prevalence in Yorkshire and Humber has been consistently higher than the national average and the increase in 2008 to 25% meant that Yorkshire and Humber had the highest rate of smoking across the nine Government Office regions in England.

YHPHO tools, data and resources

Dental health of adults in Yorkshire and the Humber survey 2008: report on smoking The results from this survey were published in 2009. This report has also been produced looking more closely at the questions collected around smoking and the responses to oral health and dental attendance from the participants who are smokers.

Smoking prevalence data from the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) ONS has released ‘experimental’ local authority level smoking prevalence data. YHPHO has produced a short briefing using this data.

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Staying Healthy, QIPP resource pack (May 2010) focusing on tackling obesity, reducing alcohol harm and reducing smoking rates in our region.

APHO lead area

Each PHO takes the lead for a key policy area. Please visit the APHO website for further details about lead areas.
London PHO smoking
LHO has recently produced Local Tobacco Profiles for England. These profiles provide a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations. They will inform commissioning and planning decisions to tackle tobacco use and improve the health of local communities.

Further resources

Contact details

Emma is the YHPHO lead analyst for smoking.

Last Updated: Thursday, 11th April 2013

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