Wisbech has highest rates of smoking in Cambridgeshire according to new figures

Wisbech has the highest rates of smoking in Cambridgeshire
Wisbech has the highest rates of smoking in Cambridgeshire
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Wisbech has the highest rate of smokers in the county, according to a new figures.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have released their most comprehensive and accurate breakdown of smokers in the county to mark today’s National No Smoking Day.

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JPCT 030315 S15089999x No Smoking Day -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150303-161958001

A total of 90 per cent of patients aged 15 and over registered in Wisbech were recorded as having been smokers.

Val Thomas, consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, was involved in the project.

She said: “Wisbech is one of the areas we have targeted to reduce rates of smoking because the levels there are the highest in the county.

“Giving up smoking is one the best ways we know that someone can improve their health and how long they live.”

The figures show that of the 39,392 patients registered in Wisbech in November 2013, 35,464 were registered as having smoked.

And 10,504 of those were recorded as being current smokers.

The prevalence of smoking was found to be highest in the most deprived 20 per cent of practices in the county.

The clinical commissioning group is now using the data to highlight the areas where services are needed.

Dr Amrit Takhar, clinical lead for coronary heart disease, said: “All of the data has been plotted onto a series of maps to allow us to see where the practices with significantly high prevalence rates are located across the CCG area and to help with service planning for targeting smoking cessation activities.

“Smoking is the single most important changeable risk factor in many diseases and a key driver of coronary heart disease.”

Dr Takhar said: “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 coronary heart disease has been identified as a priority for the CCG, so local GPs are urging residents to kick smoking for good on March 11.”

The date is British Heart Foundation’s National No Smoking Day and the CCG wants smokers to join the 1.5 million people across the country who have quit for good since National No Smoking Day launched in 1983.

Dr Takhar said: “Men who stop smoking by the age of 30 can add ten years to their lives and significantly reduce their risk of heart disease and other health problems.

“There is a network of specially trained advisors to help you quit.” Further information is available at www.nosmokingday.org.uk Patients can also speak to their GP, contact CAMQUIT on 0800 018 4304, text KICKBUTT to 80010 or visit www.camquit.nhs.uk