The Your Health Notts Mansfield clinic (ABl Health) is located in Ransom Wood Business Park, Mansfield (Credit: James Pringle)

An Annual Population Survey has Mansfield in the top 10 for the highest rates of smoking in the UK despite a decrease in the previous number.

Figures released in September 2023 for the year 2022 revealed that the proportion of current smokers in the Nottinghamshire Town was 21.4 per cent, the sixth highest in the country.

The survey from the Office for National Statistics showed that the only local authorities with higher rates were: Mid Devon, Hastings, Lincoln, Boston, and Northeast Lincoln.

Partnerships and Engagement Manager at local charity, Your Health Notts, Louise Scott said: “We see high levels of deprivation in areas such as Mansfield which is why data will show health inequalities such as high smoking rates.

“The bulk of our clinics are housed in areas of Mid Notts like Mansfield, as a lot of people face these inequalities and barriers to access help.”

Your Health Notts are an Integrated Wellbeing Service commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council to help reduce health inequalities.

The charity’s specialist smoking cessation team offers 15-minute weekly follow-up appointments after an initial 30-minute session both over the phone and face-to-face with an advisor.

Specialist Advisor for smoking cessation at Your Health Notts, Elizabeth Woodworth said: “No matter what stage of quitting smoking you are at, all are welcome.

“We have had individuals as young as 13 and as old as 85 so it is never too early or too late to quit.”

The 47-year-old continued: “We take self-referrals as well as using our active case finding where we look at patient records to identify all adults within our smoking criteria and send out a discreet text message to raise awareness for the support available.”

One Mansfield resident who has benefited from the support offered by Your Health Notts is 61-year-old Jane Matthews who said: “I decided to quit in January as a New Year’s resolution and Liz (Elizabeth) and her team were so helpful.

“I had a slight health scare last year which gave me the shock to do something about my smoking habits and the support I received was exactly what I needed.”

Mansfield District Council were approached for comment on the survey but did not respond.

The ONS survey can be accessed via:https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2022

Or for help and support from Your Health Notts head to: https://yourhealthnotts.co.uk/stories-2/ or contact on 0115 772 2515