LESS than one in 10 adults are now smokers across Sefton, according to the latest data.
According to the Tobacco Control Profiles for ABL Health’s Sefton Smoking Cessation Service, the percentages of adults who smoke in the region is down to 9.5%.
Ben Dakin from the Sefton Smoking Cessation Service said: “The figures are way below the figure for England as a whole, at 13.9% and the North West region, at 14.5%. It shows how successful our head of service, Colette Kearney and her team have been.
“One of the benefits of stopping smoking right now is your reduction in risk of contracting COVID-19 - with smokers touching their face over 200 times a day, sharing lighters and removing masks to smoke, they run the risk of infection every time they light up. Smokers also risk more severe symptoms due to their lungs being compromised.”
He added that the impact of the reduction of smoking on communities ‘may seem small but they include’ the following:
• Reduced COVID-19 risk.
• Less spend on the NHS – hospital stays, hospital and GP appointments,
• Less spend on domiciliary visits by specialist nurse/district nurses,
• Improvements in Mental health.
• Healthier children not subjected to secondhand smoke.
• Less days off sick from work.
• More productivity in work – no need for smoking breaks.
• Less crime (smuggled tobacco use).
• Economy change due to people having more money to spend on things they couldn`t have previously done.”
The Tobacco Control Profiles are produced by Public Health England to provide a snapshot of current tobacco use at local level. There is a National target of 5% prevalence by 2027.