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Reducing Harm from Tobacco

Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills when used exactly as intended.  Tobacco is accountable for over 1,000 related deaths every year in Cornwall.  Smoking causes more preventable deaths than anything else, with nearly 80,000 smoking related deaths every year in England, and 5.4 million deaths worldwide.

Rich smokers have very similar life expectancy to poor smokers, and poor non-smokers live longer than rich smokers, showing that smoking not social status is the greatest cause of health inequalities21 (p.2).

It is estimated that around 85,000 Cornish people smoke22. Cornwall’s smoking prevalence is 19.3% which is higher than both the England and South West averages (18% and 16.9% respectively) 23. The smoking rate for Routine & Manual workers is 27.8%, indicating that those who least afford it, smoke.

This highlights that the poorer and more disadvantaged you are the more likely you are to smoke and have a smoking-related disease.

Within Cornwall there is Smokefree Cornwall tobacco control alliance. The alliance helps co-ordinate a comprehensive tobacco control action plan to reduce the uptake of smoking, tackle health inequalities by helping smokers quit, reduce exposure to second hand smoke, and tackle illegal tobacco. The Stop Smoking Service has advisors throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly working in a variety of settings including: surgeries, hospitals, pharmacies, schools, Family Hubs and other community venues.

Reducing harm from tobacco - find out why this issue is important for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and what is being done locally to address it.

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