Smoking: The killer facts



MPs will have a free vote today on banning smoking in
pubs and restaurants. One-quarter of adults in the UK
smoke, down from half 30 years ago. Smoking costs the
NHS almost 2bn a year. For the long-term smoker, life
expectancy is 8 to 12 years less than a non-smoker. A
survey of 3,000 people last year found that 71 per
cent were in favour of a total smoking ban 
Published: 14 February 2006 

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article345289.ece

MPs will have a free vote today on banning smoking in
pubs and restaurants. 

One-quarter of adults in the UK smoke, down from half
30 years ago. 

Smokers puff their way through 77 billion cigarettes
annually. 

Almost one-third of girls aged 15 and 16 smoke. 

People in the 20 to 24 age group smoke the most - 38
per cent of men and 34 per cent of women. 

The Government says a ban would encourage 700,000
smokers to quit in the first year. 

Britain has the highest tobacco taxes in the EU, with
3.84 in every 4.80 pack of cigarettes going to the
Treasury. 

These duties total 9.5bn annually. 

Three of the world's five biggest tobacco firms are
British and make 2.9bn in pre-tax profits. 

Every year, 100,000 people die because of smoking:
33,000 of them from lung cancer. 

Smoking costs the NHS almost 2bn a year. 

For the long-term smoker, life expectancy is 8 to 12
years less than a non-smoker. 

Exposure to passive smoke increases the risk to a
non-smoker of heart disease and lung cancer by 25 per
cent, according to one study. 

Another study finds the passive smoking link unproven.


Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Malta and New Zealand
have so far introduced a ban. 

A publicans' group says that a ban could mean losses
of 3.5bn for the industry and cost 75,000 jobs. 

Of those who go to pubs, 46 per cent are smokers. 

A survey of 3,000 people last year found that 71 per
cent were in favour of a total smoking ban 






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