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Smoking Statistics

Smoking statistics

One of the most common things people associate with hypnotherapy is smoking cessation. At Brookhouse Hypnotherapy we have worked with many people successfully over the past 25+ years. It might be useful to see some of the statistics regarding smoking. Someone once said that smoking is the leading cause of statistics. In this vein, let’s start this course by presenting some of these:

  • The annual death toll from diseases attributed to smoking in the USA, (350,000) is seven times the fatality rate of motor vehicle crashes and more than the total number of Americans killed in World War 1, Korea, and Vietnam combined.
  • There are about 12 million adult cigarette smokers in Great Britain and another 3 million who smoke pipes and/or cigars
  • Smoking prevalence is highest in the 20-24 age group for both men and women (40% and 35% respectively)
  • In 2001 33% of men and 30% of women in manual occupations smoked compared to 22% of men and 20% of women in non-manual occupations.  There has been a slower decline in smoking among manual groups, so that smoking has become increasingly concentrated in these groups.
  • Male smokers smoke an average of 15 cigarettes per day, women smoke 13.
  • In 2001, 15% of smokers had their first cigarette within 5 minutes of waking.  Among smokers of 20 or more cigarettes a day, 32% smoked their first cigarette of the day within 5 minutes of waking.
  • It has been estimated that, in England, 284,000 patients are admitted to NHS hospitals each year due to disease caused by smoking, occupying an average of 9,500 hospital beds every day
  • Smoking-related illness accounts for 8 million consultations with GPs and over 7 million prescriptions each year
  • One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking – half of these in middle age.
  • Every year in the UK, about 120,000 people in the UK are killed by smoking, accounting for one fifth of all UK deaths
  • Deaths caused by smoking are six times higher than the 20,170 deaths arising from: road accidents (3,444); poisoning and overdose (2,663); other accidental deaths (8,986); murder and manslaughter (503); suicide (4,379); and HIV infection (195) in the UK during 1998.
  • World-wide, about 4 million die prematurely each year as a result of smoking. Based on current trends, this will rise to 10 million a year by 2030

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