Peterborough most common place for smoking in Cambridgeshire

Health news from the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk

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Peterborough is the most likely place in Cambridgeshire to find someone who smokes.

Data released by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) shows that the percentage of people in the city who smoke is 29.7 per cent.

That compares to 22 per cent overall for the region using data collected from 107 out of 108 GP practices.

Wisbech is a close second on the list with 29.6 per cent of people being recorded as smokers.

Out of 94,224 registered GP patients in Peterborough, 27,953 of them smoke.

Parnwell and Millfield are the surgeries most likely to have patients who smoke with 44 per cent admitting to the habit.

We know stopping smoking is an incredibly difficult task, but men who stop smoking by the age of 30 can add ten years to their lives.

Dr Amrit Takhar

That’s closely followed by Thistlemoor Road at 42 per cent and Bretton, Westwood and Dogsthorpe at 36 per cent.

The CCG says its the most comprehensive, and accurate, breakdown of smokers in the region that it has been able to publish.

Previously, the best local data on smoking prevalence were estimates from local authority surveys with small samples of the population.

The figures were released in the run up to National No Smoking Day which is on Wednesday March 11.

Dr Amrit Takhar, clinical lead for coronary heart disease, said: “Smoking is the single most important changeable risk factor in many diseases and a key driver of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

“One in six deaths from heart disease is attributed to smoking, not to mention the damage caused to your lungs, brain and countless other parts of the body.

“Reducing inequalities in CHD has been identified as a priority for the CCG, so local GPs are urging residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be proud quitters and kick smoking for good on March 11.”

He added: “We know stopping smoking is an incredibly difficult task, but men who stop smoking by the age of 30 can add 10 years to their lives and significantly reduce their risk of heart disease and other health problems.

“You don’t have to do it alone. You greatly increase your chance of success if you use the NHS Stop Smoking Service. There is a network of specially trained advisors to help you quit.”

View the full report.

To see the percentage of smokers by GP practice .