Figures reveal we’re no good at quitting

Calderdale smokers are among the worst in the country when it comes to quitting.

That’s according to figures produced by the London Health Observatory, which shows Calderdale is well below the regional average and is in the worst 25 per cent in the country for getting people to quit smoking after four weeks.

Nationally, 4.3 per cent of people in the country quit smoking within four weeks of trying, but in Calderdale that figure was 3.5 per cent.

When it comes to smoking-attributable deaths from strokes we’re above the national average, with 14 of every 100,000 people in Calderdale dying as a result of strokes. The national average is 10.

Other areas where figures are worse than the national average are deaths from lung cancer, deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The number of people registering with lung cancer is also higher than the national average.

However, the number of women smoking during pregnancy in Calderdale is 12 per 100,000 smokers, better than than regional average of 16.1 and the national figure of 14.

Paul Butcher, Deputy Director of Public Health, NHS Calderdale said: “Reducing smoking prevalence and supporting people to quit smoking remains a priority in Calderdale.

“We know that 75 per cent of people living in Calderdale do not smoke and our goal is to see this figure increase to 85 per cent over the next three years.

“The good news is that in the first half of this year we have already seen a 5 per cent increase in the number of people stopping smoking.

“We want this downward trend to continue and are tackling this issue with a range of initiatives.

“Working in partnership with the specialist smoking cessation service, children’s centres and the local hospital we are embarking on further work to increase the number of smoke-free homes in the area.”