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