New NHS plan on smoking
ALL smokers who are admitted to hospital will be encouraged to quit as part of a new five-year plan, NHS England said.
The NHS will invest £183m in helping problem drinkers and smokers, which cost the service more than £6bn annually.
It is planning to offer advice on quitting to every smoker admitted to hospital, including those receiving long-term mental health support and learning disability services.
Overall more than half a million smokers - 600,000 will be supported to quit over the next five years. Medical professionals will target mums-to-be and their partners, with 10% of smokers still lighting up when their pregnancy reaches full term. The services are based on a scheme already happening in Manchester, which is expected to save £10m. and 30,000 hospital beds across the city.