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Around 15.3 per cent of adults smoked in Rochdale borough in 2021. This is above the England rate of 12.7 per cent, although it has seen a downward trend since 2014 (Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey).

The impact of smoking on health

Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health challenges. Smoking's harmful not only to smokers but also to the people around them and it's one of the biggest causes of death and illness in both the borough and the UK. Smoking damages your heart, circulatory system and lungs and increases the risk of developing over 50 health conditions.

It can also worsen or prolong symptoms of conditions such as asthma and colds, cause impotence in men and have a negative effect on unborn babies if smoking continues throughout the pregnancy.

Reducing smoking rates

Rates of smoking have declined in recent decades, but they remain high. This is particularly true in some social groups including those with low incomes and people with mental health problems. These groups suffer the highest smoking-related illness and death rates with smoking accounting for at least half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest communities.

Smoking rates have fallen due to a range of reasons linked to making it more convenient and cheaper to be a non-smoker, such as policies and legal changes to create smoke-free places and banning the advertising and promotion of tobacco products. Smoking remains the major cause of preventable ill health and we must continue the effort to reduce smoking, especially in deprived groups.

Statistics on smoking

Guidance and information on smoking