Facts and Figures

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Facts and Figures

According to Cancer Research UK, around 86% of lung cancer deaths in the United Kingdom (UK) are caused by smoking ( On top of this shocking statistic, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) say that about half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction (

There are almost 5,000 hospital admissions a year in Somerset for diseases attributable to smoking. Of these, almost 1,700 are cancers. This week alone, about 15 people in Somerset will die as a result of smoking.

There are over 9,100 patients on Somerset GP registers for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), this is a long term breathing and lung condition caused mainly by smoking, it makes people very out of breath and some need help with their breathing. 

Cigarette smoking can triple the risk of a heart attack, and smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to lose their sight. One in four long term smokers will die in middle age due to a smoking-related disease.

Smoking in pregnancy is associated with a 20-30% increased chance of stillbirth, a 40% increased chance of infant mortality, and an increase of up to 25% of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Around 9,500 children are admitted to hospital each year due to the effects of tobacco smoke in their home.

Nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine, and 80% of smokers wish they had never started.

NHS Stop Smoking Service

The good news is that the NHS Stop Smoking Service is here to help. A comprehensive evaluation of its effectiveness in helping smokers to quit showed it is the single most cost-effective, life saving intervention provided by the NHS.

Call the Smokefree Life Somerset Team on 01823 765006 or 0800 246 1063.

Did you know?

  • The risk of a heart attack falls by half within 12 months of quitting smoking.
  • A 20-a-day smoker spends around £45 a week on cigarettes; that's nearly £200 a month, and over £2,300 a year.