House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much it cost to provide health services to those with smoking-related conditions in 2006—07.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

In 1998 the Government's White Paper, Smoking Kills, estimated that the cost to the National Health Service of treating illness and disease caused by smoking was £1.7 billion every year.

In October 2008, Action on Smoking and Health published a report called Beyond Smoking Kills, which estimated that the costs of smoking to the NHS had risen to £2.7 billion a year.

The latest research published in the Journal of Tobacco Control in June 2009, by researchers from the University of Oxford Department of Public Health, estimates the costs of smoking to the NHS at £5.2 billion.

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