BARNSLEY Council’s health bosses are urging residents to stop smoking after a study found smokers spend the same amount on cigarettes as they do on energy bills.

Action on Smoking and Health’s (ASH) recent study highlights smoking as a key driver of inequalities in wealth and health.

Coun Caroline Makinson, cabinet spokesperson for public health and communities, said: “In Barnsley, we want everyone to have the best possible chance of enjoying life in good physical and mental health.

“While 82 per cent of people in Barnsley currently don’t smoke, we know getting the right support can help even more people quit for good.

“Whether you’re looking to quit for your health, wellbeing or wallet with the rising cost of living, NHS Yorkshire Smokefree are here to offer a helping hand.

“If you’re thinking about quitting and want some extra help, please get in touch with their friendly advisors.

“We will continue to work hard to make smoking invisible in our borough, including through our smoke-free zones across Barnsley and financial incentive schemes.