Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK. In Oldham, approximately 16.6% of adults are current smokers. This is similar to regional and national figures. However, there are significant inequalities in smoking rates between different groups within our population. Residents in routine and manual occupations are almost 4 times more likely to be smokers than residents in other occupation groups. Smoking prevalence among adults with serious mental illness is estimated at 45.5%.

This PHE profile provides a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use and tobacco related harm in Oldham. It is designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on our local population. The data can be used to inform commissioning and planning decisions to tackle tobacco use and improve the health of our communities.

This resource provides key data for planning comprehensive local tobacco control interventions.

This resource sets out the Greater Manchester strategy to ‘make smoking history’.