Smoking: North West

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 14 July 2022.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) smoking and (b) health disparities in each area of the North West.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The prevalence of smoking among adults in the North West region has declined from 21.9% in 2011 to 14.5% in 2019. There remain disparities between areas within the region, with the highest prevalence in 2019 in Blackpool at 23.4% and the lowest in Trafford at 9.1%. One area, Cheshire East, saw no reduction in prevalence between 2011 and 2019.

The difference in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in the North West from 2018 to 2020 was estimated at 11.6 years for males and 10 years for females. For females, the disparity in life expectancy at birth in the North West has increased by 1.2 years since 2010 to 2012. For males, there has been no significant change in this period. However, the detection of changes in life expectancy within local authorities is more challenging due to higher levels of uncertainty in these estimates.

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