Smoking is the greatest cause of health inequalities and premature mortality. Smoking rates are much higher amongst routine and manual workers and amongst people from some ethnic groups. On average a lifelong smoker will lose ten years of their life. The three most common causes of death from smoking are lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease.
It is estimated that 23% of the Brighton and Hove population smoke compared with 20% for England. 85% of 11-14 year old pupils report never smoking compared with 50% of 14-16 year old pupils.