Smoking and tobacco control

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Warwickshire’s key health tip

Stop Smoking: Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.  You are up to four times more likely to quit if you get help from the NHS Stop Smoking Service: To find your local service visit the Quit4Good Warwickshire website.

Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in England, accounting for more than 80,000 premature deaths each year and around 700 per year in Warwickshire. Tobacco use is one of the most significant causes of health inequalities and one of our most significant public health challenges. About 18.4 of adults in England and 14.5% Warwickshire smoke, although rates are much higher in some areas.

Where to find more information and support services

NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Services provides the most effective treatment for stopping smoking. Smokers are up to four times more likely to succeed if they use products such as patches, gum, Champix or electronic cigarettes to reduce the cravings in combination with support from a trained advisor. In 2014-15 just over 5,000 smokers used the Service.

To find out about the free service provided by GP surgeries, pharmacies and other locations across Warwickshire please go to the Quit4Good Warwickshire website.

11.5% of pregnant women in Warwickshire and 11.4% in England smoke at the time of delivery (2014/15). Pregnant smokers can be referred from a midwife to a Smoking and Pregnancy Advisor who will visit the smoker in their own home.  The Advisor can also support other members of the family. To access this service please visit the Quit4Good Warwickshire website.

If you are a practitioner and wish to find out about local services and support related to smoking, please click here to access the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal.

Other useful sites include:

Evidence Based Needs Assessment

Big issues

  • Smoking is the primary cause of preventable mortality and premature death with over 800 deaths in Warwickshire annually and 81,400 in England.
  • It is the single biggest preventable cause of health inequalities and increases the risk of cancer (including lung, oesophagus, bladder, liver, stomach, cervix, myeloid leukaemia, bowel and ovary), heart disease, stroke and chronic respiratory disease.