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.
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.”