Tobacco use is the biggest public health threat globally and up to half of all current users will die of a tobacco-related disease. It is a risk factor for many health conditions including lung, throat, mouth, breast and colorectal cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema; cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke; miscarriage and low birth weight in babies; and hypertensive heart disease (caused by high blood pressure).

For statistics on smoking during pregnancy, please see our maternity and infancy section.

Local strategy: Tobacco Free Lancashire: Towards a Smokefree Generation 2018-2023

Key findings

Rates are directly standardised and are for 100,000 of the smoking population aged 35 and over, unless otherwise stated. 

  • In the Lancashire-12 area, an estimated 14.7% of adults (18+) smoke, which is in line with the England estimate of 13.0% (Annual Population Survey, 2021). Blackpool (20.6%) has a significantly higher estimated proportion of adult smokers, compared to England, while Blackburn with Darwen (15.5%) is similar. 
  • At a district level, in Lancashire-12 all are statistically similar to England. 
  • In the period 2019/20, approximately 4,390 people (16+ years) were recorded as 'successful quitters at four weeks' in the Lancashire-12 area, giving a rate of 3,187 per 100,000 smokers, which is significantly better than the England rate (1,808). Blackburn with Darwen (1,990) is similar, while Blackpool (1,064) is significantly worse.
  • During the 2019/20 period, Lancashire-12 (1,465 per 100,000), Blackburn with Darwen (1,768) and Blackpool (3,071) recorded a significantly higher rate of smoking-attributable hospital admissions compared to England (1,398).
  • The smoking-attributable mortality rate is significantly higher in Lancashire-12 (229.1 per 100,000), Blackburn with Darwen (321.6) and Blackpool (379.9) compared to England (202.2) (2017-19).

For county and unitary data and further information please see below. The Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England also provide local data alongside national comparators to support health improvement.

Page updated March 2023