Cost of smoking illnesses revealed

Andrea Crossfield
Andrea Crossfield
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Councils in the North West are paying more than £91m a year to help people with smoking-related illness to live in their own homes, accoring to new figures from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) .

The group said that individuals across the region also face a bill of over £67 million to cover the cost of their own care.

Research also revealed that current smokers over 50 are twice as likely to need help with day-to-day living and on average need care nine years earlier than non-smokers.

Andrea Crossfield, chief executive of Tobacco Free Futures said: “Continued investment in supporting adults to quit and preventing young people from starting to smoke is important to alleviate local authority budget pressures and bring money back into communities.”