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Smoking rates at record low

Smoking rates at record low

Published at 6:50am 4th August 2016. (Updated at 3:21pm 4th August 2016)

Fewer people are smoking in Yorkshire.

The latest figures from Public Health England show that just 18.6% of adults now smoke, which is the lowest rate since the health risks became clear.

However, this is still significantly higher than the national average.

There are variations across local areas, from as low as 13.3% to 26.8%.

Rates for people in routine and manual occupations are also high, at 28.2% compared to 26.5% across England.

Death rates linked to smoking in most parts of the region are also significantly higher than the national average.

Paul Butcher, chair of Yorkshire and Humber Directors of Public Health Network, said: "Now only 18.6% of adults still smoke and there are more ex-smokers than current smokers.

"That's great news for the health of those ex-smokers - and it's also great news for the future.

"We want the next generation to be free of the health harms linked to smoking and seeing fewer adults smokers around is one of the best ways to make this happen.

"But we still have one of the highest smoking rates in England and that means huge inequalities in smoking-related deaths - too many people dying early and too many people struggling day-to-day with diseases such as COPD or stroke, much of which could be avoided.

"The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit and there's lots of great support around to help them - from local stop smoking services or online."