Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Manchester smoking death rates highest in England – with hospital admissions costing EVERY person £60

Manchester smoking death rates highest in England – with hospital admissions costing EVERY person £60

By Henry Vaughan

Smoking death rates are worse in Manchester than anywhere else in the country, costing hospitals millions, according to recent figures.

Data from the London Health Observatory (LHO) reveals that between 2008 and 2010 there were 372 estimated smoking related deaths per 100,000 people in the city – higher than anywhere else in England.

A shocking 14.6% of pregnant women smoked in 2011-2012, significantly increasing the health risks to both mothers and unborn babies.

Smoking-related hospital admissions cost every person in Manchester £62.90 in 2010-2011, while the Integrated Housing Survey (IHS) found that 27.2% of the adult population smoked in 2011-2012.

Abbie Paton, senior public health advisor and acting manager of the Stop Smoking Service at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, said that despite the high figures the signs were encouraging.

She said: “While we do see high rates of smoking in Manchester and consequently of smoking-related disease, we also have large numbers of people interested in and trying to stop smoking.”

Ms Paton explained that in 2011-2012 a total of 14,921 people tried to quit smoking with the help of Manchester Stop Smoking Service, with around 36% of these successful after four weeks.

Other Greater Manchester boroughs with a high smoking-related death rate are Salford – 352 deaths per 100,000 – and Tameside – 306 deaths per 100,000.

All ten local authorities in the region come in well above the national average of 210 deaths per 100,000, with hospital admissions costing each person around £47.

Although national figures show the death rate is decreasing, cigarette smoking is still the biggest killer in the UK due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.

The LHO estimate that smoking related hospital admissions cost the NHS more than £1billion in 2010-2011.

Ms Paton added: “Manchester Stop Smoking Service offers support with stopping smoking including free or reduced cost nicotine replacement therapy at many venues across the city including several health centres & clinics and all the main hospitals.

“There are also drop-in services at many of Manchester City Council’s market places.”

For more information or to book an appointment call 0161 205 5998.

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