Burnley smoking rate one of the highest in the UK

Burnley has the second highest smoking rate in the North-West, according to Public Health England data.

The figures, collated by Vape Club in a campaign to encourage smoking cessation, show 21.54% of people in Burnley smoke – placing the town ninth highest out of 315 districts in England.

Public Health England released the figures on July 7th.

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Other areas within the region fare better with their smoking rates. Ribble Valley has the lowest prevalence of smoking in adults (18+) in the North West at 5.9%. This makes the district rank 312 out of 315 districts nationally, having one of the lowest smoking prevalence in the country as measured by ONS figures.

Public Health England figures show 21.54% of people in Burnley smoke

Pendle ranks 10th in the North-West with 17.4% of its population smoking.

Dan Marchant, smoking cessation expert and director of Vape Club, said: “More and more people are starting to see that vaping offers a game-changing alternative to traditional smoking cessation methods.

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"Figures show that vaping is actually twice as effective as other nicotine replacement products, and it is fantastic to see organisations such as Public Health England and the NHS embracing this public health breakthrough. However, there is clearly still a long way to go in getting the vaping message out to the millions of people still smoking in England.”