Introducing Southampton Smokefree Solutions
‘’Southampton Smokefree Solutions is a new, innovative and free service to build capacity, knowledge and skills to tackle persistent high levels of Smoking in Southampton.’’
The overall aim of the service is to support the reduction of smoking by individuals in Southampton. The service will offer training, quality assurance, advice and support to providers with a particular emphasis on the more vulnerable groups.
This will be achieved through the 5 service elements:
• Providing training, advice and continuous professional development (CPD) support to front line professionals
• Providing a quality assurance role for providers offering smoking cessation services across the City • Providing an operational service to a small number of more complex individuals
• Coordination and collection of national data
• Delivering campaigns
As a central core component the service will also
• be the central collection point for national data returns. The provider will supply the data to Public Health for submission.
• work with Public health to deliver both national and local campaigns.
• provide specialist advice on the evidence base and recommendations relating to pharmacotherapies and behavioural support, as guided by NCSCT/NICE/PHE.
Stop smoking support
Quitting smoking isn’t easy but giving up greatly improves your own health as well as the health of those around you. Smoking causes extensive damage to your body and your second-hand smoke can also cause problems for everybody else too. Not only does smoking damage your fertility, skin, teeth and energy levels it also makes a huge dent in your finances too!
Just imagine your future without cigarettes – feeling great and having that extra money in your pocket. Stopping smoking can make a drastic improvement to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, you’ll experience immediate benefits as well as long-term improvements to your overall health.
You are 3 times more likely to quit smoking with support from a stop smoking service. Please click here to find your local stop smoking service.
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Smoking in Southampton
In Southampton, an estimated 32,706 residents aged 16+ smoke. This equates to 1 in 6 adults (16.2%), compared with 15.8% for local authorities which are similar to Southampton and 14.4% in England. Local smoking prevalence for routine and manual workers has been higher than England since 2013.
An estimate of 25.6% of routine and manual workers in Southampton smoke, compared to an average of 26% for comparator local authorities and 25.4% in England. Smokers are also linked with living in more deprived areas. Just over 20% of registered patients who smoke live in the 20% most deprived areas in Southampton compared to just 8.5% of registered patients are smokers in the 20% least deprived areas.
At sub-city level, smoking prevalence variation also shows a greater likelihood for those living in more deprived areas. There are three electoral wards where 1 in 5 registered patients smoke these are Millbrook (20.2%), Redbridge (20.7%) and Bitterne (23.5%).
ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) estimate that smoking in Southampton costs society approximately £56m per year, this is a combination of £10.8m to the NHS, £41m potential wealth lost from the local economy as a result of lost productivity, £3.2m in additional social care costs from smokers and £1.1m in costs to fire and rescue services responding to house fires caused by cigarettes.