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Tobacco

Please note that there is no overall chapter for smoking/tobacco. Instead, the links below show the latest data for Wirral and other reports on the topic.

  • Smoking cessation in pregnancy: a review of the challenge (produced by ASH, October 2015) In a new review health organisations praise progress over the last few years in bringing rates down overall but argue much more must be done to tackle huge inequalities across the country. The report sets out recommendations for how a new Government strategy could nearly halve the current rate of smoking in pregnancy over the next five years. Access overview here and report here
  • Smoking: harm reduction (NICE Quality Standard, July 2015): This quality standard covers ways of reducing harm from smoking. In particular, this includes people who are highly dependent on nicotine and who may not be able (or want) to stop smoking in one step, who may want to stop smoking without giving up nicotine, who may want to reduce the amount they smoke without stopping, or who want to abstain temporarily from smoking.
  • Cost effectiveness of smoking services in Wirral (May 2015): In 2013 there was a comprehensive cost effectiveness analysis of smoking services in Wirral looking initially at data for 2011/12 financial year (refreshed in 2014). The report aimed to use data to understand the current landscape around tobacco in Wirral.
  • Wirral’s Smoking Cessation programme: stakeholders consultation (March 2015)  From January 2015 to March 2015 the Public Health team carried out a 12 week consultation with stakeholders to gather ideas and opinions that would help shape Wirral’s Smoking Cessation programme.  Methods of consultation included an online questionnaire advertised and made accessible to the public, paper versions of the online questionnaire completed by clients during their session with existing services and an engagement event for professionals who have an involvement and/or interest in either smoking cessation, prevention and/or other aspects of tobacco control.
  • Tobacco Control  - CLear Report for Wirral (February 2014) CLeaR is a way for local public health organisations to assess, review and improve their tobacco control work.  Wirral were visited by the CLeaR team and participated in an external peer assessment.
  • Wirral Smokefree Hospitals: Evaluation Report (July 2013) This evaluation report describes the outcomes and outputs from a stop smoking social marketing project that took place across Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) sites; Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge.  The project took place from November 2012 to June 2013.
  • Wirral Smoking Prevalence Report  (October 2012): This prevalence report presents the results of telephone interviews with just under 3,500 Wirral residents carried out in September and October 2012, with an emphasis on the more deprived areas of Wirral.

Other information

Stop smoking services (May 2016) Infographic that explains why you should use Wirral local stop smoking service

Smokefree Summer campaign in Cheshire and Merseyside: A review of 2015 Campaign

Child Poverty and Smoking (BMC: Public Health Journal (June 2015): In 2011/12 approximately 2.3 million children (17% of UK children) were estimated to be in relative poverty. This research suggested that 1.1 million children - almost half of all children in poverty - were estimated to be living with at least one parent who smoked. The report highlighs tobacco control interventions that effectively enable low income smokers to quit and reduce the financial burden of child poverty.

Key information sources for you to consider:
Health and social care outcomes frameworks (Collection)
Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway
NHS Digital
Child and Maternal Health