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Tobacco Control Summary Strategy 2020-2022

Our vision is to make Leicester a smoke free city by the end of 2030.

  • The number of smokers in Leicester drop each year until we reach 5% or less.
  • A reduction in smoking related poverty in the city.
  • Leicester residents living longer, healthier lives, free from smoking-related illnesses.
  • Support for smoke free places throughout the city.
  • Children and families protected from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

  • There are around 56,000 smokers aged 16+ in Leicester.
  • Local survey data shows that the following groups are more likely to smoke; males, those aged 20-34, White British and Other White communities, the unemployed and long-term sick.
  • Children are three times more likely to smoke if they have a parent who smokes. A third of young people surveyed in the Leicester Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey (2018) reported having a parent or carer who smokes.
  • Rates of smoking differ across the city with those living in the west of the city, and those in our most deprived areas more likely to smoke.
  • Smoking in pregnancy is still a major concern in Leicester with 10% of women still recorded as smoking at time of delivery (SATOD) in 2019/20. Being exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb is responsible for a range of serious health and behavioural issues.
  • The number of Leicester residents who have a poor mental health and wellbeing score has increased since 2015. Nearly a third of adults with poor mental wellbeing report being a smoker.
  • Approximately 400 lives are lost each year through smoking related illness and many more Leicester residents spend years of their life in poor health from smoking attributable illness.
  • 59% of smokers in Leicester want to quit for good!

A comprehensive tobacco control plan engaging key partners which will focus on meeting the aims set out in Towards a Smoke Free Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England 2017-2022.

  • The first smoke free generation
  • Helping all smokers to quit
  • Tackling illegal tobacco and enforcing smoking legislations
  • Keeping public places smoke free.
  • Smoke free pregnancy for all
  • Helping all pregnant smokers to quit
  • Helping young families protect themselves from second hand smoke risks.
  • Parity of esteem for those with mental health conditions
  • Focussed support to help those with mental ill-health to be smoke free.
  • Backing evidence-based innovations to support quitting.

Effective interventions will require a collaborative approach and will involve working with a range of key partners including but not limited to:

  • Leicestershire Rescue and Fire Service.
  • University Hospitals of Leicester – NHS Trust
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • University of Leicester
  • Public Health England
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • Leicestershire Police