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JSNA: Bitesize reports on – smoking and inequalities / the cost of food

July 27, 2022

A JSNA bitesize on smoking and inequalities is now available on Oxfordshire Insight.

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In summary:

  • Smoking remains the biggest single cause of preventable deaths, accounting for 1 in 6 of all deaths in England.
  • There is a clear link between rates of smoking and deprivation.
    • Areas of England with the highest levels of deprivation also have the highest rates of deaths attributable to smoking (including a proportion of deaths from lung cancers, other cancers, respiratory diseases and others).
  • The Smoking Toolkit Study (July 2021) shows people from manual occupations are significantly more likely to be smokers than those from professional/clerical occupations (20% vs 11.5%).
    • Out of a total of 114,200 people in manual occupations in Oxfordshire, an estimated 22,700 are smokers.
  • ONS analysis based on 2016 data shows that, after taking into account age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and housing tenure, Gay/Lesbian people were more likely to be smokers than Heterosexual people.
  • A Centre for Mental Health report commissioned by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, found…
    • People with severe mental illness are more likely to smoke than the general population and to smoke more heavily and some people with severe mental illness may be at increased risk of smoking-related illness compared to the general population, even after adjusting for clinical and demographic factors.
  • Department of Health estimates that between 50% and 70% of people with severe mental illness are smokers and 50% of deaths in this group are from smoking-related illnesses.

For more information see:

Local Tobacco Control Profile for Oxfordshire (OHID Public health data)

Thank you to Kate Eveleigh from Public Health for her help with this bitesize.


A new JSNA bitesize is now available on the cost of food, part of a planned series related to the cost of living.

DOWNLOAD the bitesize report

In summary

  • ONS data shows that rising prices are having a disproportionate effect on lower income households.
  • ONS experimental analysis of 30 lowest price food products in seven supermarkets showed increases in the year to April 2022 for 24 out of 30 items, with low price pasta increasing by 50% in the year.
  • As of January 2022, a total of 13,879 pupils at schools in Oxfordshire were known to be eligible for Free School Meals.  In Oxfordshire’s most deprived areas, just over a third (36%) of pupils were eligible for Free School Meals, over double the average of 14%. In the least deprived areas of Oxfordshire the rate was 7%.
  • In March 2022, Citizens Advice (national) data showed a continued monthly increase in people needing crisis support (help with Food Banks or Other Charitable Support) with a 44% increase compared with March 2021.
  • In 2021/22, Citizen’s Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northants issued 651 food vouchers used in food banks in Cherwell. Each voucher supported, on average, 2.6 people (1.5 adults and 1.2 children)

Oxfordshire’s new Food Strategy (May 2022) sets out challenges and actions, including tackling food poverty

For more information see:

ONS Inflation and the cost of living for UK households June 2022

Tracking the price of the lowest-cost grocery items UK experimental analysis: April 2021 to April 2022

Citizens Advice crisis support record broken again in March Citizens Advice March 2022

Thank you to Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northants for their help with this bitesize.

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