Almost 7,000 people in Wigan reside in poverty because of smoking < Go Back December 1, 2015 – Posted in: Blog - Smoking News, E-Cigarettes – Tags: Action on Smoking Health, ASH, Health news, NHS, Smoking news
Public health charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) recently published a Local Poverty Calculator which has estimated that nearly 4,000 (3,925) households in Wigan would be alleviated from poverty if they became households that were tobacco smoke-free.
The recent study estimates that these households feature 3,833 adults below the pension age, along with roughly 1,014 pension age adults and 1,921 dependent children. This creates a total of 6,768 people who would not be living below the poverty line if the cost of smoking that they spend annually, was returned to the household.
The calculator points out to councils just how many people in their area are living in poverty due to the fact that they are addicted to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Director of public health at Wigan Council, professor Kate Ardern, said: “I welcome the analysis by ASH of the potential financial benefit of quitting smoking.
“This is one of the reasons our friendly and supportive smoking cessation services are targeted particularly to help smokers quit in the poorest households to improve family finances as well as health.
At present, the national data cites that five million households in England that include an adult smoker are below the poverty line. Furthermore, an estimated 418,000 households could be lifted out of poverty if they could only kick the habit.
A statement alongside the calculator by the charity reads: “Raising tax is the only tobacco control intervention which has been proven to have a greater effect on more disadvantaged smokers at population level and so contribute to reducing health inequalities.
“ASH supports increasing tobacco taxation as long as at the same time HM Government continues to provide adequate funding for measures to help smokers to quit and population measures to reduce smoking.”
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health said: “Smoking puts poorer families under significant financial pressure.
“This in turn places a burden on local services and negatively impacts the local economy.
“Investment in services is vital to reduce smoking prevalence.
“This will not only save lives but it will put money back into the pockets of the poorest households.”
If you are affected physically and financially by smoking, then why not look at the option of a disposable electronic cigarette to help you on the road to recovery?