Sussex town named among UK locations where it’s harder to quit smoking

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A town in Sussex has been named among the UK locations where it’s ‘harder to quit smoking’.

A new study by online vape retailer Vape Globe reveals that Tower Hamlets, in London, is where it’s harder to quit smoking in England.

"The study analysed the latest available data for 2022 from the Office for National Statistics on the number of ex-smokers in UK local authorities,” a Vape Globe spokesperson said.

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"Researchers ranked each area based on the lowest-to-highest percentage of its population that is ex-smoker.”

Crawley completed the top ten list with an estimated population of 28,417 ex-smokers, constituting 15.9 per cent of its total population of 118,580. Image by Nabil Maaizi from PixabayCrawley completed the top ten list with an estimated population of 28,417 ex-smokers, constituting 15.9 per cent of its total population of 118,580. Image by Nabil Maaizi from Pixabay
Crawley completed the top ten list with an estimated population of 28,417 ex-smokers, constituting 15.9 per cent of its total population of 118,580. Image by Nabil Maaizi from Pixabay

Crawley completed the top ten list with an estimated population of 28,417 ex-smokers, constituting 15.9 per cent of its total population of 118,580.

Also in the top ten was: Newham; Epsom and Ewell; Leicester; Islington; Redbridge; Waltham Forest; Hounslow and Luton.

A spokesperson for Vape Globe commented on the findings: “It seems way harder to quit smoking in bigger towns and cities. With six London boroughs in the top ten alone, it highlights the challenges urban environments pose for smoking cessation efforts.

"Another example is the city of Leicester, which registers the biggest population in the top ten but still does not see a great percentage of ex-smokers, remaining below 12 per cent.”

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