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Smoking claims 227 lives a day

17th October 2008

Latest figures have shows that 227 people died every day in England in 2007 through tobacco-related conditions.

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And despite a significant fall in smoking in recent years, there were still 1,200 people admitted to hospital each day as a result.

The NHS Information Centre figures reveal a total of 445,100 hospital admissions for smoking among the over-35s over the year.

Some 25% had cancer while others have a variety of respiratory and heart conditions. In 2007, there were 82,900 deaths in that age-group, with almost half down to cancer, though smoking deaths are falling.

However, while smoking costs the NHS £2.7bn a year, the numbers of people who have given up since the ban on smoking in public places has now started to fall. It was down 22% in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the same period last year.

But smoking figures are still falling with figures showing that in 2006 only 22% of adults smoked compared to 39% in 1980.

Since 2001, deaths from smoking have dropped by 14% and effectively seen 37 lives a day.

In children, the number of those aged 11-15 who smoke has fallen, though that fall has been more significant in boys than in girls.

The Stop Smoking Service costs £16m a year to run.

In recent years smoking advertising has been banned, warnings have been put on packets and sale to under 18s has been made illegal along with the ban on smoking gin pubs, clubs, restaurants and enclosed public spaces.

 

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