Smoking is still the main cause of preventative death in the UK, killing around 96,000 people a year nationally. Smoking also accounts for over one third of respiratory deaths, over one quarter of cancer deaths and one seventh of cardio vascular disease deaths.
17% of the adult population in England smoke, and around half of all regular smokers will eventually die of smoking-related deaths.
Smoking is a serious lifestyle and medical issue. Nicotine is highly addictive, but it is the 7,000 chemical components that are hazardous to health. Two thirds of smokers start before the age of 18 (despite it being illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18), and of the young people who try smoking, between one third and one half will become regular smokers.
Ashford Health and Wellbeing Board is committed to tackling the harms and costs related to smoking. By reducing the take up of smoking and supporting people to successfully quit, we can help reduce smoking prevalence. Further facts and figures can be found in the statistics on smoking in Ashford publications, by clicking on the pictures below.