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Drop in hospital admissions attributable to smoking for adults aged 35 and over


8 October, 2014  

The number of hospital admissions of adults aged 35 and older estimated to be attributable to smoking dropped to 460,9003 in 2012/13, according to statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This is a decrease of 18% (fewer admissions) compared to 559,800 admissions in 2004/5.

The primary diagnosis among 131,000 of these admissions was a respiratory disease, 134,300 a circulatory disease and 156,600 had a primary diagnosis of cancer.

Statistics on Smoking, England 2014 also shows:

  • One in five adults (20%) aged 16 and over were smokers in 2012 compared to just over one in four (26%) a decade earlier in 2002.
  • The price of tobacco has increased by 80 per cent over the last ten years from 2003 to 2013, making it 22% less affordable.
  • The number of prescription items dispensed in England to help people stop smoking was 1.8 million in 2013/14, compared to 1.6 million ten years earlier in 2003/4
  • In 2013, 17% (79,700) of all deaths of adults over the age of 35 were estimated to have been caused by smoking. This proportion is unchanged from 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.”

You can find the full report at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/smoking14