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Health Profile - Cardiff

Smoking - a major problem


Smoking is one of the biggest causes of chronic illness and premature deaths.

On average, 6,000 people in Wales die from the consequences of smoking every year.

Alcohol - Encouraging


Cardiff has a rate of alcohol use that is slightly below the average for Wales.

The local population - young and often deprived

Southampton high street

Cardiff has a population of 343,278.

The city has a much higher proportion of young people aged 15-24 than Wales as a whole - partly due to the city's 25,000 students.

Cardiff has an ethnic minority population of 25,735.

Wales as a whole has a history of ill health and chronic conditions due mainly to its industrial past.

Life Expectancy - in line with the country

Elderly woman

Male and female life expectancy is marginally higher than the average for the country.

A significantly higher number of people in Cardiff, under the age of 75, die from cancer than the Wales average.

Deaths from road traffic accidents and suicides are significantly lower than the national average.


Information provided by NHS Wales.
Last updated: 22nd February 2007

NHS Wales answer our questions on the state of public health in the region.

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  • Its role is to make sure that services are fit for purpose, that quality and improvement targets are met and that NHS organisations in the region are providing good quality services to the local communities.

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