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Monday, 16 September 2019

New research out today is indicating Hounslow won’t make the Government’s smoke free target of 2030.

That’s according to tobacco firm Philip Morris.

Hounslow’s not expected to be smoke free until after 2050, more than a decade after the goal, unless further action is taken.

While Richmond has the lowest smoking prevalence rate in South West London at nearly 6%, Hounslow is in the top 10 at nearly 14%.

Philip Morris is warning the rise in vaping is playing a part in helping people quit smoking, but it’s not going to be enough.

Hounslow Council statement re attaining Govt smoke free target

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council said:

“The London Borough of Hounslow will make every attempt to reach the Government target to be smoke free by 2030. This will be undertaken through a strategic and cohesive approach to Smoking Cessation. Smoking is an issue of inequalities and tobacco dependency with those living in poorer wards, social housing, working in routine and manual occupations, and those with a mental health condition being more likely to smoke. Therefore wealthier boroughs such as Richmond have a much lower smoking prevalence.

“LBH is using a range of multi-agency driven actions to tackle the impact of smoking and other tobacco use which impacts on the health of Hounslow people with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. One You Hounslow Stop Smoking Service works within the NHS and with business communities and with individuals, family and carers on both a group and a 1-2-1 basis to support smokers to stop. They also deliver Stop Smoking Campaigns, such as Stoptober and New Year New You using digital platforms.

“LBH using multi agency and targeted approaches has enabled the smoking prevalence within the borough to decline significantly over the years. In 2004 the prevalence was at 28% and now it is 13.9%, with the expectation it will continue to drop. LBH, under significant financial pressures has managed to maintain an effective Stop Smoking Service within One You Hounslow, an Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service”.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:38 pm  

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