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Report reveals £2.7bn cost of smoking

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Smoking costs the English NHS £2.7 billion a year and more should be done to reduce the number of smokers, according to a report.

‘Beyond Smoking Kills’, which is published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), revealed that NHS spending has rocketed by one billion pounds in the last ten years.

The report has called for the government to introduce new legislation, which could help 4.5 million smokers quit buy 2015.

The tobacco control strategy recommends the removal of branding from tobacco products, a clampdown on smuggling and easier access to nicotine replacement therapies.

These strategies are aimed at reducing the attractiveness of smoking to impressionable youngsters. Research has shown that young people are between 3 an 4 times less likely to pick a plain pack as a branded one.

Peter Carter, RCN general secretary, praised the influential role of nurses in helping smokers to quit their deadly habit.

But he added:‘More must be done to change the attitudes of millions of people, particularly children and young people, who continue to smoke despite the health risks.’

‘There needs to be more resources in providing nurses with the skills and knowledge to deliver expert advice and appropriate treatment,’ he added.

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