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Smoking-related hospital attendance numbers fall

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveal that smoking-related hospital admissions have fallen by 18% over the past eight years. 

The annual Statistics on Smoking in England report shows there were 460,900 admissions in 2012/13, compared to 559,800 admissions in 2004/5. 

The primary diagnosis for the admissions included a respiratory disease (131,000 patients), circulatory diseases (134,000 patients) and cancer (156,600 patients).

The figures on smoking in England 2014 also showed:

 - In 2012, 20% of adults aged 16 and over were smokers, compared with 26% in 2002.

- The price of tobacco has risen by 80% between 2003 and 2013, making it 22% less affordable.

- Prescriptions to help people quit smoking have increased from 1.6 million in 2003/4 to 1.8 million in 2012/13.

- The proportion of deaths attributed to smoking was 17% (79,700) in 2013, which was unchanged when compared with the year 2005.

HSCIC chair, Kingsley Manning, said: “This report pulls together a range of information including how widespread smoking is, the cost of the habit and the health consequences for patients and the NHS.

“One of the effects of publishing these data will be that public health professionals will have more information at their fingertips to help them plan and direct efforts further to reduce smoking.”

The full report is on the HSCIC website