Some local smoking facts

The percentage of people smoking in Southend-on-Sea (22.0%) is higher than the English average (19.5%). (Smoking causes nearly a fifth (19%) of all cancer cases in the UK.)

The rate of deaths caused by smoking is similar in Southend-on-Sea (300.4 per 100,000) compared to the English average (291.9 per 100,000). (More than a quarter (27%) of cancer deaths in the UK are caused by smoking. In addition to smoking causing cancer, smokers are also at higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.)

The incidence rate of lung cancer in the former South East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) (45.1 per 100,000) is similar to the English average (47.7 per 100,000). Around 250 new lung cancer cases are diagnosed per year in the former South East Essex PCT’s area. (More than 8 in 10 lung cancer cases in the UK are caused by tobacco.)

One-year lung cancer survival in the former South East Essex PCT (28.9%) is similar to the English average (29.4%). (There is room for improvement as the UK’s cancer survival lags behind the best in Europe.)

(Statistics courtesy of Cancer Research UK.)

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