Smoking report

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Summary of report content

According to the London Borough of Bexley’s Tobacco Control Group, the number of Bexley residents seeking help to stop smoking decreased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the reduced number of residents accessing stop smoking services Healthwatch Bexley in partnership with the TBCG decided to conduct a snapshot survey, exploring the possible reasons why and look at residents smoking habits during the pandemic. 35 people completed the survey during the period July to August 2021.

They found that during the Covid-19 pandemic, while some residents situations may have changed, for example working from home or being furloughed, half told us that their smoking habits had not changed during this time and 24% reported smoking more. Nearly half of the people who completed the survey did not feel smoking affected their risk of complications from Covid-19 and had not considered their general health either during the pandemic.

The report contains two recommendations about further research on smoking.

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General details

Report title 
Smoking report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bexley
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 July, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 8 August, 2021
Key themes 
Health promotion
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
18-24 years
25-64 years
65-85 years
85 +
Non binary
Prefer not to say
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.