News in numbers: November/December 2021

22 November 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

2.3m The number of people in England who have tried to quit smoking since the Stoptober campaign was launched 10 years ago 

6m+ adults in England still smoke, which causes almost 75,000 preventable deaths a year 

45% of smokers surveyed said they have been smoking more since the first lockdown began

1 in 10 people in the UK are predicted to have diabetes by 2030 if there is no significant government action – that’s up to 5.5m people, says Diabetes UK

18% The number of people in Wales who reported consuming more alcohol 12 months after the first lockdown than they did prior to the pandemic, which equates to about 445,000 adults

32% The year-on-year decrease in sexually transmitted infection diagnoses in 2020, although this is thought to be due to Covid-19 disruption

10% The drop in consultations at sexual health services during the same period

35% The drop in face-to-face consultations. But internet consultations doubled, found Public Health England


Diabetes UK. (2021) 1-in-10 adults living with diabetes by 2030. See: (accessed 6 October 2021).

Green L, Ashton K, Fletcher M et al. (2021) Rising to the triple challenge of Brexit, COVID-19 and climate change for health, well-being and equity in Wales. Public Health Wales. See: (accessed 6 October 2021).

Public Health England. (2021a) Smokers encouraged to take part in Stoptober, as they report smoking more during pandemic. See: (accessed 6 October 2021).

Public Health England. (2021b) STI rates remain a concern despite fall in 2020. See: (accessed 6 October 2021).

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