Hartlepool ranked in top ten highest for smoking-related hospital admissions in UK

Hartlepool has been ranked as one of the worst areas in England for smoking-related hospital admissions.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 4:30 pm

Using the latest data from NHS Digital, Vapourcore.com sought to identify the ten locations in England with the highest and lowest number of hospital admissions attributable to smoking per 100,000 of the local population. The figures cover 2017/18 and accounts for those aged 35 and over.

Half of the locations in the top ten with the greatest number of hospital admissions attributable to smoking are in the North East of England, including Hartlepool, which came eighth on the list with 2,532 per 100,000 people.

Smoking-related illnesses only put an additional strain on already limited resources

Sunderland was listed as the second highest city for number of hospital admissions attributable to smoking per 100,000 of the local population with a result of 2,914.

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Newcastle had 2,410 smoking associated hospital admissions per 100,000 of the population. Middlesbrough was also in the top ten with 2,499.

Charles Bloom, managing director of Vapourcore.com said: “The dangers of smoking have been documented time and time again, but it can be incredibly difficult to quit due to the addictive nature of cigarettes.

“Consequently, it can be tough for individuals to alter their behaviour and preferences but with more effective cessation methods available than ever before, there is strong optimism for those looking to kick the habit. The more that do so, the less chance they will face serious health problems in the future as a direct consequence of smoking.”

An insight into the statistics show that seven of the ten locations with the lowest number of hospital admissions attributable to smoking are situated in the South East of England.

Mr Bloom added: “In turn, this will beneficially reduce the burden on medical professionals and hospitals – as they better look to allocate their time, resources and expertise. This research certainly shows that among the top and bottom 10 locations in England for smoking-related hospital admissions – there is a north and south divide; indicating a lot more can be done to assist those struggling to quit.”