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Residents back aim for Oxfordshire to be first smoke free county by 2025!

June 19, 2020 . by Solutions4Marketing

Smokefreelife Oxfordshire are proud to be supporting the Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Strategy which which aims to reduce number of smokers . Tobacco remains most serious cause of preventable disease and early death.

The strategy outlines a vision for Oxfordshire to be first smoke free county in five years’ time. It aims to do this by halving the current 10% smoking rate to 5% of the population. If achieved by 2025 this would put the county five years of Government’s national Tobacco Control Plan for England. It has been calculated that one in 10 people smoke in Oxfordshire and of those 59% either have a long term or serious mental health condition.

Despite a decline in smoking rates in recent years, 10.1% of adults in Oxfordshire continue to smoke. Smoking remains England’s single greatest cause of preventable illness and avoidable death, resulting in 78,000 deaths from smoking-related diseases in 2016 alone.

It kills more people each year than obesity, alcohol, drug misuse, traffic accidents and HIV combined. It is also the cause of many preventable illnesses such as cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, strokes and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to its impact on health, smoking also brings a huge financial cost.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) estimates the cost of smoking to Oxfordshire’s economy to be £121.7 million each year. Beyond the significant cost to the health and social care system, it also impacts the local economy through sick days and lost productivity.

The full strategy can be found by clicking the document link below.

Developing a tobacco strategy for Oxfordshire (1)

Additionally, further details on Smokefreelife Oxfordshire’s smoking cessation services data collections to NHS Digital can be found here.

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