"We have become very good at managing it as a chronic condition, as long as we catch it early." Infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis are among the chronic challenges flagged up in the city's annual public health report, entitled Stay Focussed.
The first Annual Public Health Report of the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust reveals North Yorkshire is significantly worse than the England average when it comes to road injuries and deaths, mental health treatment and alcohol related hospital stays.
Earlier this year NHS Coventry's annual public health report warned that the city was facing a ticking time bomb of killer illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, caused by unhealthy lifestyles.
"We see that as an incentive, making them pro-actively go out to recruit quitters and secure their 12-week quit." Coventry's annual public health report, published last week, warned that smoking has left the city facing a timebomb of killer illnesses, including heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.