While smoking rates continue to fall both locally and nationally, smoking remains the biggest modifiable cause of lost years of life. Smoking increases the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular disease, lung disease and multiple cancers. Many cancers are linked to smoking including, oropharynx, larynx, oesophageal, trachea, bronchus, lung, acute myeloid leukaemia, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ureter, cervix, bladder, colon and rectum. See CRUK infographic.

Smoking cessation is an essential tool in reducing the incidence of these cancers. The NHS long term plan prioritises prevention and specifically mentions smoking. The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are tasked with implementing this recommendation.


The regional Smokefree NHS group which is the