THE CASE FOR ACTION on TOBACCO USE & SMOKING for Directors of Public Health ENGLAND Version 5.0 5th October 2012
Action to cut smoking rates & reduce tobacco use should be the top of the agenda for councils & local elected members... Smoking harms your community & costs you money ££££ Public Health Improvement becomes your responsibility from 2013 This isn't an intractable problem!You can make a real & lasting difference!
Each year smoking causes the greatest number of preventable deaths HIV: 529 Traffic: 2,502 Alcohol: 6,541 Drug misuse: 1,738 Suicide: 5,377 Smoking: 81,400 Obesity: 34,100 References:1. ASH Factsheet, Smoking Statistics: illness & death, October 2011 (http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_107.pdf) NB area represents value
Smoking in [enter] costs an estimated [enter] Million Using the slide on local costs of smoking: Double click on the chart to open the Excel spreadsheet. Click on the “Reckoner” tab at the bottom of the chart. Scroll to the top of the spreadsheet to select your region and Council. The spreadsheet should automatically calculate the costs for your area. Print page 2 of the spreadsheet for a handout to use with your presentation. Click on the “Chart 1” tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet and simply click outside the chart area. To return to the slide presentation. You should now have a chart of your local data displayed. The chart may need to be repositioned on the slide. Nationally smoking costs the economy nearly £14 Billion each year; duty on tobacco products brings HMRC about £10 Billion. References:1. Cough Up, Policy Exchange, 2010
Smoking is the greatest cause of health inequalities beginning in childhood The poorest are twice as likely to smoke as the richest Children start smoking not adults: 90% of smokers start before age 19 References:1. Smoking Attitudes & Behaviours, ONS 2011 2. Dr Susan Woods, The Liverpool Longitudinal Study on Smoking : Experiences, beliefs and behaviour of adolescents in Secondary School (2002-2006), Liverpool John Moores University, August 2008
Smoking & public opinion (YouGov 2011) References:1. yougov, 2011
Local Authorities have a significant & growing role to play in reducing the harms & costs of tobacco use. Presently LA responsibilities include enforcement on: Age-of-sale 'Smokefree' places Smuggled & counterfeit tobacco Advertising ban From 2013, Local Authorities will also have the responsibility to commission services to also encourage & support smokers to quit.