According to new data released today, 34% of smokers in Harrow have successfully quit smoking with a continued decline in the numbers of smokers across the borough expected over the coming year.
The online data, released by Haypp, compared all of the cities around the UK based on the success rate for quitting smoking as well as government expenditure and other data splits such as gender and age.
The research also found that the age group with the best chance of quitting in Harrow was 18-34 years old.
Markus Lindblad, from Haypp, said: “Following UK government guidance, those who reduce the amount they smoke are more likely to stop smoking eventually, particularly if they are using licensed nicotine-containing product alternatives. The national harm reduction strategy, where the switch to alternative, less harmful, nicotine products such as nicotine pouches is encouraged, has been key to the UK being one of the most successful countries in Europe in reducing the number of smokers.”
“There are several other possible contributing factors to these success rates, but the fact that each of these local authorities is offering support in multiple locations and in many forms across the area is likely to be one of the biggest factors. For example, Rotherham, and Warrington have invested heavily in quit smoking resources, with both investing over £250,000 into their local initiatives. Hopefully, these figures will continue to rise as more people quit smoking or use smoking alternatives.”
The proportion of smokers in England has been falling for many years – while 19.8% of the population were smokers in 2011, this number had fallen to 13.9% by 2019.
This trend is expected to continue downwards to 2.5% by 2050, according to the government.