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Smoking Related Hospital Admissions on the Rise

June 2, 2016
Public Health

Latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that hospital admissions related to smoking have gone up 5% in the past 10 years. During 2014-15, there were 475,000 admissions for conditions thought to be directly caused by smoking.

The Lancashire sea side resort of Blackpool has the highest rate in the UK, with 2,830 out of every 100,000 citizens attending hospital as a result of smoking. Only 19% of adults describe themselves as smokers, a sharp reduction from 46% in 1974. Deaths from smoking amongst those aged 35 and over have also fallen by 11,000 in the past decade.

Statistician Paul Niblett, who worked on the report Statistics on Smoking, England 2016 said; “Statistics on Smoking collates information from a wide range of sources so we can present a complete picture of smoking prevalence and its effect on health. By looking at survey, hospital and deaths data, it is possible to see how behaviours, attitudes and the consequences of smoking have changed over the past ten years. The data are also analysed further to look at specific demographic groups and behaviours, such as young people, Local Authority areas and usage of e-cigarettes to inform public health initiatives.”

Cancer is still the condition giving rise to the highest number of admissions thought to be attributable to smoking with 159,000 cases of which 69% were male.

You can view a full copy of the report HERE.