New NHS plan on smok­ing

Sunday Sun - - News -

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.

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