Blackburn with Darwen continued to have close to 209 smoking-attributable deaths per year during the 2017-19 period, and was in the worst quartile for 8 out of the 12 mortality indicators in PHE’s Local Tobacco Control Profile.28 Smoking-attributable hospital admissions in 2019-20 were also higher than the national average and the overall rate has slightly increased since 2017-18.

As of 2021, smoking prevalence among adults (18+) in Blackburn with Darwen is estimated to be at around 15.5%, although the true figure could lie in the range between 11.8% and 19.1%. The estimate is higher than the England average (13%), although not statistically significantly different.