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Smoking-related illnesses fill one in 20 hospital beds

One in every 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness, figures suggest.

Every day 1,260 adults aged 35 and over are admitted to hospital due to smoking, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said.

Between 2010 and 2011 there were 460,000 hospital admissions in England attributable to smoking.

Of these, 126,200 had a respiratory disease and 160,300 had a smoking-related cancer such as lung cancer, and a further 135,400 were diagnosed with circulatory disease, HSCIC estimates.

The data also shows that more people tried to kick the habit. Between 2011 and 2012, 816,000 people set a quit date with the help of NHS Stop Smoking Services, a 4% rise on the previous year.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “These figures present in stark terms the impact smoking has on people’s individual health and NHS services.

“Together, today’s two reports give an insight into the effects of this habit in England; from those seeking help to give up and successfully quitting through NHS Stop Smoking Services to those needing a hospital stay for a condition associated with smoking.”

Readers' comments (4)

  • It might be that one in 20 people in a hospital bed are there for a smoking related disease - but smokers are paying for more beds in the NHS through the tax on tobacco than they are taking up - the same could be said for alcohol abusers. Pity some of those taxes particularly for alcohol dependents could be spend on preventative therapies - instead the alcohol services are being cut. How does that make economic sense? The more alcohol abusers the more tax from the alcohol is being collected - maybe that is the calculation. (Mental Health Worker and former substance misuse worker).

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  • Just because someone has a "smoking related disease" doesn't mean that their present illness was caused by smoking.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought 20% of the adult population smoked. So shouldn't we expect 1 in 5 beds to be occupied by smokers?

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  • needs to be clear whether these figures also relate to passive smoking.

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  • The effectrs of smoking and drinking of alcohol are more than the human thinking; That is why Islam forbids taking them for the benefit of human Health.
    please, there is need to educate people on the negative effects of smoking and alcohol taking by the Health Officers, Socially, Healthwise, Economically etc.

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