Are you one of Mansfield’s 25 per cent?

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More than 25 per cent of people in Mansfield puff their way through packets of cigarettes - yet the number of Nottinghamshire’s smokers has dropped to an all time low.

The town’s smokers buck the trend as Nottinghamshire as a district has 18.4 per cent of people who smoke - a decreasing figure.

Yet Mansfield has a higher percentage of 25.8 per cent who smoke.

More than 1,300 deaths in the county are caused each year by smoking related illnesses and costs around £60m in terms of healthcare and socialcare.

National guidelines are set for 18.5 per cent of smokers by 2015/16.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board said there is still more work to be done as Nottingham County Council strives to inspire a tobacco free generation.

Coun Bosnjak said: “We have a vision of a smokefree future, and to achieve that we need to continue a multi-dimensional approach to reduce the impact of tobacco use.

“Every year we help thousands of smokers to kick the habit, but it’s also vitally important that we are preventing the next generation from starting smoking in the first place, and that we are doing what we can to support and influence national policy that limits the influence of tobacco.”

Smokers can get specialist, free help to quit smoking for good through local stop smoking services commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council, via New Leaf on 0800 389 7712, Bassetlaw Stop Smoking Services on 0800 328 8553, or talk to a GP or pharmacy.