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Smoking-related illnesses take up one in 20 hospital beds

17th August 2012

New figures have revealed that one out of every 20 hospital beds are taken up by someone with a smoking-related illness.


Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown that every day 1,260 adults aged 35 and over are admitted to hospital due to smoking.

Between 2010 and 2011 this amounted to 460,000 hospital admissions in England attributable to smoking of which 126,200 had a respiratory disease, representing one in four of all patients with such a condition.

A breakdown of the figures revealed that 160,300 hospital patients had a smoking-related cancer such as lung cancer and 135,400 patients were diagnosed with circulatory diseases.

But those figures have coincided with a 4% rise in the number of people trying to stop smoking, with 816,000 people setting a quit date with the help of NHS Stop Smoking Services over the last year and government plans to ban branded cigarette packaging.

The charity Action on Smoking and Health said the data showed that while many people wanted to stop smoking, it remained difficult for a lot of people to do so.

Research manager at the charity Amanda Sandford said: “Helping adults to quit should remain a priority of the NHS but we also need to have measures in place such as a ban on the promotional features on cigarette packs if we are to stop the next generation from being hooked.”

Meanwhile, findings from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey show that almost nine out of 10 cancer patients rate their NHS care as very good or excellent.


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