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Smokers take toll on health service
9:30am Tuesday 21st August 2012 in News
A TOTAL of 1,260 adults aged over the age of 35 are admitted to hospital due to smoking every day in the country, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
In 2010/11, an estimated 460,000 hospital admissions were due to smoking according to new figures.
Of these admissions, 126,200 had a respiratory disease, representing one in four of all patients with such a condition.
Some 160,300 hospital patients had a smoking-related cancer such as lung cancer – more than one in 10 of all cancer admissions.
The new figures also show that from April 2011 to March 2012, a total of 36,226 people successfully kicked the habit with the cost per quitter to Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts coming in at £172.
In Swindon, where 1,608 people successfully quit, the cost per quitter for NHS Swindon was slightly lower at £161 and in NHS Wiltshire, costs fell even lower to £138.
Nationally, statistics show that during 2011/12, 816,000 quit dates were set through NHS Stop Smoking Services; four per cent (29,000) higher than in 2010/11 (788,000).
At four week follow-up meetings, there were 401,000 instances where people had successfully quit, up five per cent (17,000) on 2010/11 (384,000).
HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “These figures present in stark terms the impact smoking has on people’s individual health and NHS services.
“The 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.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that 17 per cent of pregnant women in Swindon remained smokers when they gave birth – higher than the national average.
NHS Swindon said Stop Smoking support is available in more than 60 locations in the town.
For more information and advice or to book an appointment call the NHS Swindon Stop Smoking Service on 0800 389 2229 or 01793 708751. Alternatively, text on 07827 954094, email besmokefree @swindon-pct.nhs.uk or write to NHS Swindon Stop Smoking Service, North Swindon District Centre, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 4AN.
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