House of Lords written question – answered on 29th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 June (WA 232) concerning the cost of smoking-related illnesses to the National Health Service, what proposals they have to reduce that cost.

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

Over the past 10 years the Government's comprehensive programme to deal with tobacco has successfully reduced the prevalence of smoking from 28 per cent in 1998 to 21 per cent. in 2007. As a direct result of this success in reducing smoking prevalence there will over time be a reduction in real terms in the costs to the National Health Service. We will be publishing a new tobacco control strategy later this year with the aim of reducing prevalence further and thereby further reducing costs to the National Health Service.

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