Four in ten smoke in areas of Weston

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 May 2011

IF TEN people from one area of Weston stand up, at least four of them smoke – according to concerned regional health bosses.

NHS North Somerset is supporting a newly launched campaign to stop people smoking in their own homes this week.

It comes after new figures revealed the district has 31,000 smokers, with up to 40 per cent of people in Weston south ward hooked on the habit.

The statistics also showed 3,000 people in North Somerset were dying from smoking-related illnesses each year.

NHS North Somerset health improvement development manager, Fiona Miles, urged smokers to get help from the authority’s Stop Smoking Service, claiming two thirds of people wanting to kick the habit.

She said: “There is still a lot of work to be done in North Somerset to reduce health inequalities.

“There are still area in Weston where smoking prevalence is as high as 40 per cent.

“The good news, however, is that smokers are four times more likely to quit successfully with our service than by going alone.”

Thanks to the Stop Smoking Service, Ms Miles said levels of smoking in North Somerset were below 20 per cent, compared to 22 per cent across England.

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