Smoking and Vaping Health Needs Assessment (2024)

This report was written and finalised during spring 2024. During this period elections for the Prime Minister were announced, and the future of the proposed Tobacco and Vaping (smokefree generation) bill was uncertain. This document retains references to the proposed Bill for now- and can still be used as a key local resource. It will be reviewed late summer/ early autumn 2024. At which point we hope there will be further clarity around the tobacco and vaping bill. We will then update the Health Needs Assessment accordingly.

The Smoking and Vaping Health Needs Assessment for Suffolk provides an in-depth look at the latest data, trends, and implications related to smoking and vaping/e-cigarette use across the county.

The Smoking and Vaping Health Needs Assessment aims to:

  • address a wide-ranging health risks and impacts associated with these behaviours
  • examine national policies, ambitions and trading standard incidents and enforcement
  • analyse national and local data & intelligence
  • identify specific target populations that are priorities for smoking and vaping prevention and cessation efforts
  • incorporate stakeholder engagement findings, a specifically commissioned Healthwatch Suffolk report
  • provide evidence of good practice for smoking cessation services and maps local services already in place
  • generate a list of recommendations to support Suffolk’s new tobacco control strategic delivery plan and inform commissioning