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Health Profile - Leeds

Smoking - cause for concern


Smoking, and its effects, are a major cause of illness and deaths in Leeds.

The number of people who smoke is 28.5% higher than the national average, and almost 4,000 people died from smoking related illnesses between 2002 and 2004.

Alcohol - worse than the national average


On average, binge drinking rates are 22.5% higher than the national average.

The number of alcohol-related hospital stays in leeds is significantly worse than the national average, with 7,175 between 1998 and 2003.

The local population - big city issues

Leeds high street

Leeds has a population close to 445,000.

A higher than average proportion of Leeds residents live in neighbourhoods which are among the 20% most deprived nationally.

Estimates based on socio-demographic characteristics of the local population suggest that Leeds residents are significantly more likely to smoke, binge drink and disregard healthy eating advice.

Residents of Leeds are more likely than average to describe their health as 'not good', or be undergoing treatment fro drug misuse, or be hospitalised for reasons connected to alcohol.

Life Expectancy - bad news for men

Elderly woman

Male life expectancy is significantly below average, but female life expectancy has been virtually identical to the national average for a number of years.

Death rates from smoking and cancer are significantly above average.

However, large swathes of suburban Leeds are in the best quartile nationally for life expectancy.

Information provided by the Department of Health.
Last updated: 1st March 2007

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber 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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