Smoking is a major public health issue, and has been recognised as the primary cause of preventable illness, morbidity and premature death.   Smoking has also been identified as the single biggest cause of inequality in death rates between rich and poor in the UK.

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Our resources

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Data and reports

The Kent Tobacco Control Needs Assessment identifies the profile of smokers in the Kent community alongside current stop smoking service provision and attitudes towards quitting smoking.  National policy and guidance suggests local authorities target priority groups to tackling smoking and considers the emerging issue of young people vaping.  This needs assessment explores the issues of smoking, vaping and illicit tobacco in our communities and provides recommendations on a partnership approach to achieving a smokefree Kent.

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Additional information can be found in our Health and Social Care Maps self-serve tool. We are constantly developing this resource in response to your feedback.

Kent County Council Public Health are members of the South East Tobacco Control Network who have recently published a position statement on electronic cigarettes for 2021.

External resources

External resources

The South-East Association of Directors of Public Health has produced advice and guidance for managing vapes in schools and educational settings (PDF, 9.4 MB). This has been developed in response to the increasing reports of young people vaping in schools, colleges, and youth settings.  

The guidance document is primarily for: All Headteachers, school staff, safeguarding leads and governing bodies in maintained schools, academies, free schools, independent schools, sixth form colleges, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and other forms of alternative education provision. It may also be useful for Local authorities, parents/carers, school nurses and other health professionals who have an input on substance use disorders. The police, trading standards teams and local agencies working with individual schools to prevent substance use disorders amongst pupils.

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A number of organisations produce statistics relating to smoking and its impact on health, both at national and local level.