Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has raised concerns over the growing habit of smoking. Majority of people smoke, as a result of which they develop diseases related to it. Smoking has been claimed to be a major cause behind the increasing number of hospitalizations.
Figures revealed by HSCIC highlight that in each hospital, one in every 20 beds is used by a patient, who is suffering from illness, raised due to smoking. Nevertheless, 1,260 adults aged 35 and above are admitted to hospital every day, due to smoking-related illness.
Statistical reports suggest that in the year 2010-11, as many as 460,000 people were admitted to hospitals in England due to smoking. Out of the total, 126,200 were reported to be suffering from respiratory ailments, 160,300, were diagnosed of lung cancer and 135,400 were suffering from circulatory disease.
On the contrary, majority of people, after facing such problems made an attempt to quit the habit of smoking. During the year, 2011-12, 816,000 people were administered to have registered with NHS Stop Smoking Services to help them quit the habit. There has been a rise in the number of people opting for the services by 4%.
HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: "These figures present in stark terms the impact smoking has on people's individual health and NHS services".
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