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

Our resources

Data and reports

Information on smoking prevalence can be found in the 'living well' section of our Health and Social Care Maps.

We have produced a tobacco dependency needs assessment (PDF, 2.0 MB) for Kent

We have also produced the following:

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

Library services

The Public Health and Social Care Library can provide access to library and knowledge services, including books and journal articles relating to smoking and its impact on public health. We can also produce bespoke literature searches.

Please contact the public health specialist librarian:


If you can't find what you were looking for, we complete over 200 ad-hoc requests for analysis each year. Request further analysis or a literature  search or contact us.
External resources

External resources

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