- Smoking prevalence in Lancashire (16%) is in line with the national estimate of 15.5%, with around over 152,000 adults (18+) believed to be smokers.
- 6% of 15 year olds living in Lancashire county are estimated to be regular smokers, in line with the national estimate of 5.5%.
- One in seven (14%) of women in Lancashire county continue to smoke during pregnancy.
The risks of smoking
Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in England from respiratory diseases, circulatory disease and cancer.
One in two long-term smokers die prematurely as a result of smoking, half of these in middle age. On average, each smoker loses 16 years of life and experiences many more years of ill-health than a non-smoker.
Smoking in pregnancy
Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of infant mortality by around 40% and it has been estimated that infant deaths could be reduced by 10% if all pregnant women stopped smoking.
Every cigarette smoked during pregnancy introduces carbon monoxide into the maternal bloodstream and disrupts the foetal oxygen supply for 15 seconds, which in turn, reduces oxygen flow to the baby for 15 minutes. Exposure to tobacco increases the risk of:
- Perinatal mortality
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- Placental abruption
- Premature rupture of the membranes
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placenta praevia
- Preterm delivery
- Low birth weight
- Development of cleft lip and cleft palate in children
Second hand smoke
Smoking can affect those who don't smoke too. People who are exposed to second hand smoke will experience reduced blood flow to the heart and can increase a non-smokers risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer. It is even more dangerous for children because their organs are smaller and still developing.
Want to quit?
Two thirds of smokers (63%) want to quit and many more regret having started. You are not on your own and we can give you all the help and support you need to quit smoking. With support from a local stop smoking service you are four times more likely to quit than going it alone. Developed by experts and ex-smokers and delivered by professionals, they provide advice, support, and encouragement and it is completely free of charge. They can help with:
- A free, personal quit plan, tailored to your individual needs.
- Stop smoking medicines to help to beat the cravings. These are available on prescription and are free to those on benefits.
- Supportive tips on how to stay on track.
- Use of a carbon monoxide monitor, so you can see your progress in action.
Everyone is different so they provide a variety of support options from one-to-one, group sessions or telephone support. Clinics are run at a variety of venues and at different times including evenings for those who work. You can make an appointment at a time that suits you or can drop-in.
For help to quit smoking call your local Stop Smoking Service on 0800 328 6297 (free from landlines and mobile phones) or visit the NHS Quit Squad website.