Prevalence of smoking among persons aged 18 years and over. Results are based on the number of persons aged 18+ who are self-reported smokers in the Integrated Household Survey.
Smoking is the most important cause of preventable ill health and premature mortality in the UK. Smoking is a major risk factor for many diseases, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease. It is also associated with cancers in other organs, including lip, mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, stomach, liver and cervix. Latest Public Health England data for 2014 shows that the prevalence of smoking in Shropshire is at 15.3% which is lower than that for England which is 18%. The long term aim is to reduce smoking to help improve health outcomes.