The big picture
- In England over 8 million people smoke
- Over 80,000 people died from smoking-attributable diseases in 2007
- 5.4 million people die of tobacco-related illness worldwide each year
- At least 320 deaths every day are from smoking in the UK
- People who are poor are more likely to smoke
- Two-thirds of smokers start before they are 18 years old
- It costs the NHS between £2.3bn and £2.7bn a year to treat diseases caused by smoking
- An estimated 8 million GP consultations a year can be attributed to smoking
The local picture
- Smoking prevalence in Cambridgeshire is below 20%; however there are notable pockets of deprivation where the number of people smoking is much higher, particularly in the north of the county, with up to 25% prevalence
- 62% of people who smoke say they would like to quit
- In Cambridgeshire this means approximately 56,500 smokers would like to stop.
What can you do?
- Offering brief advice to stop smoking is the single most cost-effective and clinically proven action a healthcare professional can take
- Smokers may take several attempts to quit smoking successfully, so it is important to keep giving advice at every opportunity
- Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit smoking successfully with support from the NHS Stop Smoking Services, compared to going it alone
- Refer a patient, friend or colleague to CAMQUIT
- Become a stop smoking advisor – it's free!
Sources: A Smokefree Future (DH) 2010; WHO; Beyond Smoking Kills (DH) 2008; West et al 2000.