Smoking: People with mental health problems are twice as likely to smoke

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Altogether, 12.1 per cent of adults in Bath and north east Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire said they smoke. An adult with a mental health condition was 104 per cent more likely to smoke than the wider population.

Hazel Cheeseman, deputy chief executive of ASH, said the tragedy is avoidable and called on the government to do more to bring down smoking rates among those with mental health conditions.

The NHS committed to delivering tobacco treatment services to everyone accessing long-term mental health services by 2024.

The Department for Health and Social Care said it is “addressing the damaging health implications of smoking right across the country, especially where rates remain high” as it aims to make England smoke-free by 2030.

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  • Office for Health Improvement and Disparities figures show 24.6 per cent of adults with a long-term mental health condition in the NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG area said they smoked in 2020-21 – up from 20.5 per cent the year before.

  • Action on Smoking and Health said this drives inequalities in life expectancy and general health.