The number of people dying due to smoking in Wigan Borough has fallen by 12.7 per cent.
It means the borough has seen a faster fall in smoking-related deaths compared to the national average of 10.9 per cent. In figures from Public Health England the number of smoking deaths have dropped from 399.3 per 100,000 people per year from 2007-09 to 348.4 per 100,000 people from 2012-14.
The borough’s ranked fourth lowest across Greater Manchester for both smoke-related deaths and smoking prevalence.
Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council, said: “We know that historically Wigan Borough has a legacy of high smoker numbers which has meant our smoking related deaths are higher than we would like.
“But with the work we have been putting into helping people discover the benefits of quitting along with innovative ways of helping people to stop smoking such as the Quitpal app from Healthy Routes, we expect to see the numbers of smokers and smoking-related deaths to continue to fall.
“We have already seen really encouraging progress with the number of smokers dropping from 25.5 per cent in 2010 to 20.6 per cent in 2014, which equates to a proportionate fall of 19.2 per cent, compared to the England figure of 13.5 per cent.
“But we expect to see the trend continue as more people access the right support to help them quit for good.”
To find out more about stop smoking services visit the Healthy Routes on the High Street shops on Crompton Street, Wigan or Bradshawgate, Leigh. Alternatively visit Stop smoking.