North Cumbria rated as one of the worst areas for quitting smoking support

North Cumbria has no local dedicated quit smoking support service despite more than 40,000 smokers, a new study has found.

These findings were discovered by online retailer Vapekit as part of a study of the level of smoking cessation support in England.

When carrying out the study, Vapekit looked at data on smokers from every Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in England from 2020/21, encompassing all smokers over the age of 15.

This data was then compared to the number of local smoking cessation services in each area, and each area was ranked according to its service/smoker ratio.

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A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Tackling public health issues such as smoking is a priority for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and a key of the government’s leveling program.

“That’s why we’ve launched the independent review of our bold ambition to make England smoke-free by 2030.

“This review provides independent, evidence-based advice on potential interventions that will inform our approach to tackling the stark health disparities associated with tobacco use.”

Despite containing 43,535 smokers, the area covered by North Cumbria CCG was one of only 12 out of 135 CCG areas in England to not have a single ‘dedicated local’ smoking cessation service .

That is to say a dedicated service made up of expert advisors who can provide regular and personalized individual support over a long period of time.

When North Cumbria is compared to all other areas of England that contain a GCC, it is the fourth worst area in the country in terms of the number of smokers compared to the number of local smoking cessation services.

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In addition, adults living in North Cumbria with long-term mental health problems are twice as likely to smoke as the general population, according to recent figures from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the UK, claiming the loss of around 78,000 people each year.

It costs the NHS £3.6billion in medical and social care, compared to £17billion for society, £5billion more than previous estimates.

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