CALDERDALE Council has welcomed new figures from Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which estimate smoking rates among young people in local areas for the first time.

The figures tell the council what percentage of teenagers smoke in Calderdale, based on factors which are known to influence whether young people smoke.

The council will use this information to highlight which communities have a higher risk of people starting to smoke when they are in their teens.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, Paul Butcher, said: “The figures are really useful for the council. We’re doing lots of work with other organisations to tackle smoking in Calderdale, but the figures will help us target our efforts in the communities where young people have a higher risk of being smokers.”