Figures reveal the true cost of Sheffield’s smoking habit

A woman smoker.
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SMOKING-RELATED health problems in Sheffield cost almost £30million last year, despite a decline in the number of deaths.

Treating lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and other conditions where tobacco was a direct cause drained £27.9million from NHS budgets, according to figures obtained by The Star.

The shocking cost has been revealed in a bid to target the 97,099 adults in the city who have yet to kick the habit.

Smoking-related deaths have fallen from 923 in 2010 to 854 last year, but health bosses want to show tobacco continues to drain funds and resources at a time when services are attempting to claw back millions of pounds in savings.

The number of deaths is still above the average in the UK.

Coun Mary Lea, cabinet member for health at Sheffield Council, said: “We understand how important it is to tackle smoking in the city both in terms of saving lives and alleviating the strain on public services. Last year in Sheffield 854 people died from a smoking-related disease.

“We have made significant progress over the past few years however we recognise there is still more to do.

“Helping people to stop smoking remains a key priority for Sheffield Council.”

Last year NHS Sheffield spent £1.4million on Stop Smoking services.

Claire Holden of Sheffield Stop Smoking Service said, “Stopping smoking is the one of the most effective ways of improving your health.”