A NEW health study reveals the number of people killed by smoking in Ellesmere Port and Neston has fallen - less than a year after figures showed it was higher than the national average.
But the numbers of binge drinkers, smokers and obese adults in the borough are once again above the average for England.
The latest statistics are revealed in a report from the Department of Health.
Last year the same study showed 468 smoking-related deaths occurred in the borough between 2002-04. But latest figures show that number dropped to 432 between 2003-05, which is below the national average.
Borough MP Andrew Miller, himself a former smoker, was delighted to see a decrease in the number of deaths and believes the introduction of the smoking ban will help to improve the figures.
Mr Miller said: 'The progress with the smoking-related deaths is encouraging. The smoking ban will also make a difference. It is right to introduce it.
'It is difficult to prevent binge-drinking and smoking but what we must do is help to inform people about their choices and to make them think about their welfare and the welfare of their family.'
The report also reveals drug misuse in the borough is above the national average, with 557 instances per 1,000 people aged 15-64 during 2004/05.
In the same period there was a total of 231 hospital stays due to alcohol, which is also higher than the average for England.
Early cancer deaths, people with mental health problems and those feeling 'in poor health' are all above the national average but deaths from heart disease and stroke are below.
The number of healthy-eating adults falls well below the average for England, although the number of people who are physically active is the same as the average.
Life expectancy for men is 76.8 and 81.1 for females, which are both around the national average.