Smoking will kill one in every 10

Smoking will kill one in every 10

Smoking will kill one in every 10

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS and health chiefs are calling on smokers to wake up to the realities of their lethal habit after it emerged one in 10 people in Swindon would die from smoking-related diseases.

Latest figures from Public Health England show that an alarming 10.75 per cent of the current population, or 22,542 people, would die as a result of developing heart problems, cancer or suffering a stroke – all of this brought on by smoking.

The statistics also reveal that 1,408 per 100,000 people were hospitalised as a direct result of smoking between 2010 and 2012.

While hospital admissions remain below the national average of 1,420, they are significantly higher than those for the South West, which stand at 1,326 or the 1,061 reported in Wiltshire.

And the impact can be as detrimental to smokers’ health as it is devastating for their families.

As a former 20-a-day smoker Mark England is very much aware how easy ignoring statistics or the long-term implications of smoking is.

But the 41-year-old, who gave up for good in October 2013 after his daughter Siobhan told him she feared he would die, encouraged smokers to look at the bigger picture and think about loved ones.

“You don’t think about the long term when you smoke, you never do,” said the administrator, from Eldene.

“You don’t tend to believe the figures or ignore them and they have no impact on you, that’s the problem. You don’t give it any thought at the time but afterwards, when you look at them, you think you’ve been lucky to have stopped in time.

“If you have got a dependent or people who want to keep you around, then that’s what you have to think about.”

He added: “Just not being a slave to it has been is the best part of quitting for me. It doesn’t rule my life anymore. “I used to think about when I was going to have my next cigarette all the time.”

Smoking in the area and regular hospital admissions cost each Swindon taxpayer £32.40.

Cherry Jones, acting director of public health at Swindon Council, said: “Smoking remains the single biggest cause of preventable disease and premature death in the UK and Swindon is no exception, in fact our figures are slightly above the national average.

“These stark figures are unfortunately no surprise and reducing the number of people in Swindon who smoke is a priority for us and NHS services here in the borough. “One in five adults still smoke in Swindon and it is a sad fact that this habit will claim the life of one in every two smokers, as recently highlighted in the Be There Tomorrow campaign which urged people to quit and be there longer for loved ones.

“Although smoking rates have declined over recent years, too many people still smoke, and we urge anyone thinking about quitting to seek advice and support from their GP, pharmacy or the Swindon Stop Smoking Service.”

l For advice on quitting call 0800 3892229 or SEQOL’s direct line 01793 465513, text 07881281797, or email besmokefree@seqol.org

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12:22pm Sat 10 May 14

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
it emerged one in 10 people in Swindon would die from smoking-related diseases.

So, 10%
Adver also wrote:
1,408 per 100,000 people were hospitalised as a direct result of smoking

So, 1.4%
Cherry Jones said:
it is a sad fact that this habit will claim the life of one in every two smokers

So, 50%
Is it any wonder then that 'You don’t tend to believe the figures'?
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: it emerged one in 10 people in Swindon would die from smoking-related diseases. [/quote] So, 10% [quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] also wrote: 1,408 per 100,000 people were hospitalised as a direct result of smoking [/quote] So, 1.4% [quote][p][bold]Cherry Jones[/bold] said: it is a sad fact that this habit will claim the life of one in every two smokers[/quote] So, 50% Is it any wonder then that 'You don’t tend to believe the figures'? Hmmmf
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Sat 10 May 14

Robh says...

Cherry Jones said:
it is a sad fact that this habit will claim the life of one in every two smokers

So does that mean that 50% of smokers will live forever?
Cherry Jones said: it is a sad fact that this habit will claim the life of one in every two smokers So does that mean that 50% of smokers will live forever? Robh
  • Score: 3

12:49pm Sat 10 May 14

ChannelX says...

That means 90% of people don't die from smoking.

It still means those 90% will die of something.
That means 90% of people don't die from smoking. It still means those 90% will die of something. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Sat 10 May 14

skynet says...

If smoking will kill one in every 10, is there a way to find that out for sure whether smoking was the cause?

I mean, let's face it, cancers can affect anyone, smoker or not. So are we effectively saying that if a smoker dies of a cancer, it must be because of smoking? If that is the case, it is no wonder people are sceptic about the statistics.
If smoking will kill one in every 10, is there a way to find that out for sure whether smoking was the cause? I mean, let's face it, cancers can affect anyone, smoker or not. So are we effectively saying that if a smoker dies of a cancer, it must be because of smoking? If that is the case, it is no wonder people are sceptic about the statistics. skynet
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Sun 11 May 14

house on the hill says...

skynet wrote:
If smoking will kill one in every 10, is there a way to find that out for sure whether smoking was the cause?

I mean, let's face it, cancers can affect anyone, smoker or not. So are we effectively saying that if a smoker dies of a cancer, it must be because of smoking? If that is the case, it is no wonder people are sceptic about the statistics.
the last statistics i saw was that 50% of cancers were preventable, or in other words self inflicted by your lifestyle choices. And this only talks about deaths, not how it affects all smokers health and quality of life with clogged up lungs and arteries, loss of sense of smell and taste, those very attractive wrinkles women have on their upper lip from all their puffing away. I know it is all about freedom of choice, but seriously?

For me smoking is just more natural selection. I mean you have to be pretty dumb and stupid to spend your hard earned money (or other peoples hard earned money in the case of benefit claimants) sticking burning leaves in your mouth knowing it will affect your health and quality of life, more than likely shorten your already very short life and make you smell like an old ashtray. Just where exactly is the upside? And for those smokers who dont think they smell, you do no matter how many mints you suck on or how much perfume you spray, you still smell, your hair, your clothes, your cars, your houses and understandably your kids too living in that environment.

No doubt many will will bleat on about freedoms, but the average smoker spends £1700 a year on the habit, over 50 years thats £85,000 or half a 3 bed detached house in today's world and you are happy to waste that? What a wonderful use of your right to freedoms.
[quote][p][bold]skynet[/bold] wrote: If smoking will kill one in every 10, is there a way to find that out for sure whether smoking was the cause? I mean, let's face it, cancers can affect anyone, smoker or not. So are we effectively saying that if a smoker dies of a cancer, it must be because of smoking? If that is the case, it is no wonder people are sceptic about the statistics.[/p][/quote]the last statistics i saw was that 50% of cancers were preventable, or in other words self inflicted by your lifestyle choices. And this only talks about deaths, not how it affects all smokers health and quality of life with clogged up lungs and arteries, loss of sense of smell and taste, those very attractive wrinkles women have on their upper lip from all their puffing away. I know it is all about freedom of choice, but seriously? For me smoking is just more natural selection. I mean you have to be pretty dumb and stupid to spend your hard earned money (or other peoples hard earned money in the case of benefit claimants) sticking burning leaves in your mouth knowing it will affect your health and quality of life, more than likely shorten your already very short life and make you smell like an old ashtray. Just where exactly is the upside? And for those smokers who dont think they smell, you do no matter how many mints you suck on or how much perfume you spray, you still smell, your hair, your clothes, your cars, your houses and understandably your kids too living in that environment. No doubt many will will bleat on about freedoms, but the average smoker spends £1700 a year on the habit, over 50 years thats £85,000 or half a 3 bed detached house in today's world and you are happy to waste that? What a wonderful use of your right to freedoms. house on the hill
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8:28pm Sun 11 May 14

back_to_reality says...

You're right House on the Hill, they must be pretty dumb. You gotta laugh.

However, I like smokers as they're doing their best to reverse the trend to longer living, which is making getting a decent pension harder and harder. The more of them who die early, the better pension the rest of us can have. Now that we dont don't have to suffer their second-hand smoke I say go for it smokers!

I'm all for lard-assed obese loafers troughing on junk food for the same reasons.
You're right House on the Hill, they must be pretty dumb. You gotta laugh. However, I like smokers as they're doing their best to reverse the trend to longer living, which is making getting a decent pension harder and harder. The more of them who die early, the better pension the rest of us can have. Now that we dont don't have to suffer their second-hand smoke I say go for it smokers! I'm all for lard-assed obese loafers troughing on junk food for the same reasons. back_to_reality
  • Score: 0

10:05am Mon 12 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Remove assistance from hospitals for smoking, drinking and over eating related illness?
It certainly would think out the numbers.

If you wish to waste your own personal health I have no problem with that just dont look for NHS to pick up the bill.
Remove assistance from hospitals for smoking, drinking and over eating related illness? It certainly would think out the numbers. If you wish to waste your own personal health I have no problem with that just dont look for NHS to pick up the bill. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -3

7:49am Tue 13 May 14

Robh says...

If it wasn't for smokers, drinkers and motorists we wouldn't have an NHS unless every taxpayer paid a lot more.
If it wasn't for smokers, drinkers and motorists we wouldn't have an NHS unless every taxpayer paid a lot more. Robh
  • Score: 3

8:05am Tue 13 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Robh wrote:
If it wasn't for smokers, drinkers and motorists we wouldn't have an NHS unless every taxpayer paid a lot more.
Brilliant.
I started to reply and whats the point,,,your an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: If it wasn't for smokers, drinkers and motorists we wouldn't have an NHS unless every taxpayer paid a lot more.[/p][/quote]Brilliant. I started to reply and whats the point,,,your an idiot. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -5

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