The smoking profiles provides information of the extent of:

  • tobacco use
  • tobacco related harm
  • measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level

The aim of these profiles is to assess the effect of tobacco use on local populations. Local government and health services can use this information to inform commissioning and planning decisions to tackle tobacco use and improve the health of local communities.

The tool allows professionals to compare your local authority against other local authorities in the region and benchmark your local authority against the England or regional average.

What’s new in the tool for March 2024?

The profile has changed its name from the Local Tobacco Control Profiles (LTCP) to the Smoking Profile. LTCP was a legacy name and this change brings the profile into line with other Fingertips profiles and will improve clarity for users.

March 2024 includes new data for: smokers setting a quit date, smokers that have successfully quit at 4 weeks, smokers that have successfully quit at 4 weeks (CO validated), completeness of NS-SEC recording by Stop Smoking Services, cost per quitter, smoking prevalence in adults (18+) - current smokers (GPPS), smoking prevalence in adults (18+) - ex-smokers (GPPS), smoking prevalence in adults (18+) - never smoked (GPPS), smoking prevalence in adults (18+) with a long-term mental health condition - current smokers (GPPS), odds of current smoking (self-reported) among adults (18+) diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition (GPPS).

Impact of updated mid-year population estimates on Fingertips indicators.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released 2021 mid-year population estimates, based on the results of the 2021 Census. They are not comparable with estimates for previous years. Rebased estimates for 2012 to 2020 will be published in due course. Indicators which use mid-year population estimates as their denominators are affected by this change. If an indicator has been updated to 2021, the non-comparable historical data are not available through Fingertips or in the API but are made available in csv format through a link in the indicator metadata. Comparable back series data will be added once the rebased populations are available.