Tobacco use: what are people saying

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Dudley conducted a survey with 68 people between April and August 2015 to evaluate tobacco use. They also conducted focus groups with 7 young people.

The report found that people smoked mainly because their friends did and the majority of people spent under £20 each week on tobacco products. People generally described that smoking gave them a buzz or a nicotine high. Higher prices of tobacco products generally would not deter people from smoking. The majority of people had received medical advice to stop smoking, with the majority of people suffering from breathing problems. The majority of people reported that they were not influenced by messages about the dangers of tobacco and smoking. There were still some women who reported smoking during their pregnancy. 

A number of recommendations are listed at the end of the report.

No service provider response is included. 

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General details

Report title 
Tobacco use: what are people saying
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Dudley
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 10 January, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 April, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 31 August, 2015
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Cost of services
Diagnosis
Digitalisation of services
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7786

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Focus group
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Research
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
75
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Specific ethnicity if known 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

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.