Shetland closest place in Scotland to becoming 'smoker free'

Shetland is forecast to achieve smoke-free status by 2026.

A new study has revealed the top places in the UK that are closest to becoming “smoke-free”.

The study found that the Shetland Islands is leading the way for quitting smoking across Scotland and the second in the UK.

Go Smoke Free analysed eight years’ worth of Office of National Statistics (ONS) data to determine the average reduction rate for the smoking population in each county.

The research also used each location’s estimated smoke-free year to determine a total score for each location. 

The Shetland Islands have exhibited notable progress, reporting 9.1% of its residents as smokers in 2022.

Richmond Upon Thames scored 99.9, with the Shetland Islands in second with a score of 97.3.

According to the study, despite a modest population of approximately 22,800, the Shetland Islands has shown notable progress, reporting a mere 9.1% of its residents as smokers in 2022.

This is 6.7% less of the smoking population observed in 2015. It’s forecast to achieve smoke-free status by 2026.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for  Go Smoke Free  said: “This research brings to light a remarkable shift in smoking trends across various UK counties.

“We see the nationwide push for a smoke-free generation, as highlighted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s recent legislation.

“Richmond upon Thames has emerged as a true trailblazer, showing the positive impact of targeted efforts on reducing smoking prevalence.

“Their remarkable example serves as a beacon for other UK counties, illustrating the path toward a healthier, smoke-free future for our nation.”

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