Smoking lingers on in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:42 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 30 September 2016

Cigarette being stubbed out

Cigarette being stubbed out

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Welwyn Hatfield lags behind in the battle against smoking. despite a huge national decline, new figures reveal.

Last week, Public Health England revealed the national smoking rate fell to just 16.9 per cent in 2015, but in Welwyn Hatfield, it was 19.1 per cent, down just 0.4 per cent since 2012.

And the Public Health England report reveals that 433 deaths per 100,0000 population were ascribed to smoking in Welwyn Hatfield between 2012 and 2014.

Nationally, smoking has fallen dramatically over the last decade, thanks to tax increases, the ban on lighting up in pubs and restaurants, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches.

County councillor Teresa Heritage said: “Hertfordshire’s smoking rates are lower than the national and regional average but this masks some pockets of inequality across the county.

“Reducing harm from tobacco and second-hand smoke is a key priority for us.

“We have been recognised for our achievements in tobacco control through a national award and we have a number of initiatives in place to drive down the prevalence of smoking in the county, including our ‘Love Your Bump’ campaign which supports pregnant women and their partners to quit.

“Using local stop-smoking services is by far the most effective way to give up smoking, as you are four times more likely to succeed with help; once you’ve quit for 28 days you’re five times more likely to stop for good.”

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