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Higher number of smokers in Yorkshire than national average

Smoking in our region is higher than the national average. Government health officials say they want to see GPs able to prescribe e-cigarettes on the NHS as they publish a review saying vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco.

Percentage of smokers in each area:

  • Hull 29%
  • Leeds 22%
  • Lincolnshire 19%
  • Doncaster 21%
  • Bradford 23%

Campaign to stop pregnant women smoking

A campaign is underway to encourage pregnant women to quit smoking after research showed the number smoking in parts of South Yorkshire was almost double the national average.

The campaign got a celebrity launch as Coronation Street star and mum-to-be Samia Ghadie met other expectant mothers to hear of their battles to quit the weed.

Martin Fisher reports:

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High number of South Yorkshire women smoke during pregnancy

More women in South Yorkshire continue smoking during pregnancy, according to new figures today.

Credit: Press Association

A new campaign's being launched to warn women of the dangers, which could include still birth, breathing problems and difficulties in labour.

Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie, who is expecting her second child, is helping kick the programme off in Sheffield later.

Samia Ghadie, who is currently pregnant, is helping launch the campaign Credit: Press Association

Cigarette butt litterbugs given option to pay up or quit

Smokers caught dropping cigarettes in Calderdale could now have the chance to get help to quit, rather than pay an £80 fine.

Cigarette butt litterbugs given option to pay up or quit Credit: Press Association

Calderdale Council will work with NHS services in the first scheme of its kind to help smokers nip the habit in the bud, stopping littering at its source.

Dean Wallace, a public health consultant, says the proposals, which will be discussed by the council on 13 October, are expected to be a popular choice:

Smoking increase a "child protection issue"

Researchers warn a study which shows more than 18,000 children took up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in 2011 should be seen as a child protection issue.

The researchers based their analysis on data taken from the 2011 'Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England' survey, which targets schoolchildren in England between the ages of 11 and 15 every year.

Questionnaires were completed by 6519 children in 219 schools.

"Smoking is among the largest causes of preventable deaths worldwide. The present data should help to raise awareness of childhood smoking and to focus attention on the need to address this important child protection issue."

– Report authors

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Thousands of children taking up smoking in our region

A survey published today reveals shocking numbers of children taking up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

In 2011, more than 18,683 eleven to fifteen-year-olds took up the habit - or 51 children per day. It's thought the figures could be on the increase this year.

Taking up smoking at a young age is an even greater risk to health than starting later in life, experts say. People who start smoking before the age of 15 run a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who take up the habit later on.

One in five pregnant women in deprived areas of Sheffield smoke

A new campaign is encouraging pregnant women and new mothers to stop smoking. Smokefree Mum is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust and Sheffield City Council.

Currently in the city, 14.1% smoke at delivery stage, with more deprived areas in the city peaking at 19.5%.

Due to the health risks associated with smoking during pregnancy, and the increased treatment costs, the Government is aiming to reduce the number of mums smoking at birth to 11% nationally by 2015.

"Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times in a woman's life and there is no doubt new parents want the best start possible for their babies. I am sure everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking when pregnant - to mothers and of course their babies. But we know it can be really hard to quit smoking, especially if it is something you have done for a long time. Having someone to support you with this process really does help.

– Cllr Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families
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