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Smoking the facts

Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK today. 


It is responsible for one in five of all deaths in adults aged 35 and over - more than is caused by alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, murder and illegal drugs combined. 


Smoking is estimated to cost the NHS in England £2.7 billion per year and £13.74 billion in wider costs to society through sickness, absenteeism, the cost to the economy, social care, environmental pollution and smoking related fires.  This burden impacts on every GP surgery and hospital, every council and every family whether they smoke or not.  

Click on the link below to see the impact of smoking and the cost locally for Durham.

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