Hull among worst in UK for smoking

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Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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One of the worst areas in the country for smoking among young people has been named as Hull, figures have revealed.

With a rate of 16.68%, it was well above the national average for 15-year-olds who smoke, estimated at 12.71%. Lower levels were found in Greater London, with 5.15% in Harrow and 5.37% in Newham.

Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), in conjunction with the universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, have complied the figures.

Professor Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing for Public Health England, said the study had highlighted areas in which youngsters were at a higher risk of starting smoking, and called for help to be targeted where it was most needed.

Prof Fenton said the aim was to have a “tobacco-free generation”, adding that these figures would help provide support for the most disadvantaged communities.

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Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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