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Bristol becomes the first British city to become smoke-free by 2024

Bristol becomes the first British city to become smoke-free by 2024

Bristol is predicted to be the first city in the UK to be completely smoke-free – with research suggesting that this could happen within the next six years.

The city is tipped to be the first place in the country to quit smoking by the year 2024, before York and Wokingham.

The area is one of only seven local authorities that are expected to become smoke-free within the next nine years.

One in nine Bristolians smoked in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, but the prevalence of smoking decreased by nearly 10 percent between 2011 and 2017.

Bristol is tipped to become the first city in the UK to stop smoking in 2024

The figures, which were published by the tobacco company Philip Morris Limited (PML), also suggested that more people in deprived neighborhoods had to smoke.

Mark MacGregor, director of business affairs at PML, said: "Our company strives to become smoke-free as quickly as possible and eventually to stop selling cigarettes altogether.

"What this research reveals is the enormous variation in the decline in smoking in different parts of the country.

"We would like to play our role in working with local companies, retailers and local councils in the areas with the highest smoking percentages.

Bristol was the first to give the tip to smoke first

Local authority

Prevalence percentage 2017

Total% point change (2011-17)

Last smoking date

City of Bristol

11.14%

-9.95%

2024

Wokingham

8.13%

-5.68%

2026

York

9.01%

-6.49%

2026

East Riding of Yorkshire

10.81%

-6.80%

2027

Blackburn with Darwen

16.75%

-10.36%

2027

Portsmouth

15.17%

-9.5%

2027

Reading

13.59%

-8.4%

2027

Buckinghamshire

9.17%

-5.30%

2028

Bournemouth

13.85%

-7.95%

2028

Milton Keynes

13.26%

-7.27%

2028

"There are more alternative options than ever before that can help smokers to give up cigarettes forever."

According to the report, the regional price increase with smoking declined between no less than 10 percent and only one percent. Only Cheshire East appeared to have smoked more in 2017 than six years earlier.

Smoking has dropped by 10 percent in Bristol since 2011, according to the survey

A smoker from St Werburghs, who recently stopped, said they are looking forward to the day that Bristol "has kicked the habit".

"It was a nightmare that tried to give up to be honest," the 10-year-old smoker, who asked for not to be mentioned, told Bristol Live.

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"And when people around me smoke in the streets, it is even harder to resist the craving.

"I look forward to the day everyone in Bristol has made the habit of thinking about how much money it would save our hospitals."

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