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

October 8, 2014: The number of hospital admissions of adults aged 35 and older estimated to be attributable to smoking(2) dropped to 460,900(3) in 2012/13, according to statistics released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

This is an decrease of 18 per cent (fewer admissions) compared to 559,800 admissions in 2004/54.

The primary diagnosis5 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 20146also shows:

  • One in five adults (20 per cent) aged 16 and over were smokers in 2012 compared to just over one in four (26 per cent) 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 per cent less affordable7
  • 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 per cent (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


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. The number of admissions estimated to be attributable to smoking is based on:

· The number of hospital admissions for diseases which can be caused by smoking

· Estimates of smoking prevalence for smokers and ex-smokers

· The relative risk of death from each disease
More details on this calculation are in appendix B of the report

3. Numbers in this press release over 1 million have been rounded to the nearest 100,000. Numbers over 100,000 have been rounded to the nearest 100. Some percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

4. Data for 2004/5 are the first available data on this topic published by the HSCIC.

5. A patient's primary diagnosis is the main condition treated or investigated during their admission to hospital. Any other clinically relevant diagnoses are recorded in the secondary diagnoses - up to 19 of these may be recorded.

6. The report pulls together statistics from a variety of sources and therefore the years for which the latest data is available varies.

7. The HSCIC uses data from the Office of National Statistic's Tobacco Price Index, Retail Price Index and Real Households' Disposal Income to calculate the Relative Tobacco Price Index and work out how affordable tobacco is compared to other retail goods for average households over time. More details on this calculation are in appendix A of this report.

8. For media enquiries please contact or 0300 30 33 888.

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