Staggering number of Wiltshire smokers hospitalised

Staggering number of Wiltshire smokers hospitalised

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 9:06am 28th March 2020. (Updated at 9:07am 28th March 2020)

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Figures published for the first time show a rise in hospital admissions linked to lighting up.

Data from Public Health England shows there were 3,518 admissions to hospital attributable to smoking in Wiltshire in 2018-19.

It's a 6% rise on the year before.

The figures only include admissions for diseases that are wholly or partially attributed to smoking for people over 35.

Over an 11-year period, 36,000 people in the county ended up in hospital.

Action on Smoking and Health says the increase in smoking-related hospital admissions puts huge pressure on the NHS.

The charity's director of policy, Hazel Cheeseman, said more must be done to cut smoking rates.

"Most smokers start smoking as children and try many times to quit. Smokers are more likely to get sick, develop complications and take longer to recover than non-smokers."

"This places a real burden on the NHS. Government has pledged to do more to help smokers in the NHS which is welcome. But more action is needed to achieve Government’s vision of smoking rates of 5% or less by 2030."

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There were 3,518 hospital admissions linked to smoking in Wiltshire last year.

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The Chief Medical Officer for England has previously warned that smokers are also at greater risk from coronavirus.

Speaking to MPs at a Commons Health and Social Care Committee earlier this month, Professor Whitty said this was a very good moment to stub out that cigarette for good.

"For most respiratory infections, you worry about people who smoke a bit more. They’re more likely to get it and their immune system is less good."

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