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NHS £2.7billion A Year Debt - Smoking

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 NHS £2.7billion A Year Debt - Smoking

Figures released indicate that the NHS are spending £2.7 billion per year on smoking related illness.

Moreover this figure has risen from £1.7 billion ten years ago, despite fewer smokers. It has been suggest that one of the reasons are the fact that treatments are much more expensive.

On a positive note it has also been suggested that £380 million is in actual fact being saved as a direct consequence of campaigns encouraging people to quit.

Moreover in 1998 28% of the population smoked this is down to 22%.

Martin Dockrell of Ash says” The number of smokers has fallen to nine million from 12 million in a decade”

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