Smoking is becoming less widespread, but it remains a leading cause of death and disease in the UK.
NHS costs are estimated at £2.7 billion each year, with costs to the wider UK economy of around £2.5bn in sick leave and lost productivity.
Recent statistics suggest:
- Approximately 21% of adults smoke, including a slightly higher percentage of men than women
- Over 81,400 deaths each year in those aged 35 years and over are caused by smoking – 18% of deaths in the age group
- An estimated 461,700 hospital admissions for people aged 35 years and older were estimated to be attributable to smoking.
- Around 24% of people smoke
- Estimates suggest more than 2,300 people a year die from tobacco-related illness in Northern Ireland
- Nearly 16,700 people are believed to be admitted to hospital for smoking-related illnesses each year.
- Around 24% of people smoke in Scotland
- Around 13,500 deaths – some 24% of all deaths in Scotland - are caused by smoking each year
- Smoking-associated diseases costs the Scottish healthcare system an estimated £271m each year, according to calculations by the charity Action on Smoking on Health in Scotland.
- Around 23% of people in Wales smoke
- Approximately 5,600 premature deaths and nearly 27,700 hospital admissions a year are caused by smoking
- Estimated smoking costs for NHS Wales are more than £380m a year, accounting for 7% of healthcare expenditure.