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New data shows the cost of smoking in Surrey

New data has highlighted the cost of smoking in Surrey, both to people’s health and to their finances. The data forms part of national research undertaken by charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Their findings showed that the average smoker is spending just under £2,000 a year on tobacco, costing smokers in England a … Continue reading

New smoking ban welcomed

With a ban on smoking in cars carrying children coming into force on Thursday (1 October), Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack said: “This is great news and I have no doubt it will make a big difference to the health of future generations. “Passive smoking is a danger anywhere … Continue reading

Nearly 570 children will start smoking on World No Tobacco Day

Nearly 570 children in the UK will start smoking during World No Tobacco Day – the annual event to encourage people to quit. Tomorrow’s 567 new young smokers* will add to the estimated 138,000 regular smokers across the country aged 11 to 15. In Surrey alone, around 4,200 young people aged 11 to 15 smoke … Continue reading

Nearly 16,000 children will start smoking during Stoptober

Almost 16,000 children under 16 will start smoking during the Stoptober campaign to get people to kick the habit. Around 567 children aged 11 to 15 take up cigarettes each day in the UK, meaning more than 15,800 young people will start during the 28-day challenge. Now, as people trying to kick the habit move … Continue reading

Council takes over public health

Obesity, smoking and drinking are among the issues Surrey County Council will tackle after taking control of public health. Responsibility for improving the health of Surrey’s communities and reducing inequalities officially transferred from the NHS on Monday (1 April). The county council is now responsible for 23 public health functions, which will see it tackle … Continue reading

Smoking costs nation nearly £14bn a year

Smoking costs the nation nearly £14 billion every year, according to research. The figure for England includes the cost of treating smokers on the NHS (£2.7bn), the loss in productivity from smoking breaks (£2.9bn) and increased absenteeism (£2.5bn). It also covers cleaning up cigarette butts (£342 million), fires in homes (£507m) and passive smoking (£713m). … Continue reading


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