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Smoking: Hertfordshire

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number of regular smokers in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire and (b) number of people who have given up smoking in each of these areas over the last 12 months. (249056)

Information is not available in the format requested. Data are available for West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) and East and North Hertfordshire PCT. Hemel Hempstead is covered by East and North Hertfordshire PCT.

Estimated prevalence of smokers among adults aged 16 and over, along with associated confidence intervals for West Hertfordshire PCT and East and North Hertfordshire PCT are available from “Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours: Model Based Estimates, 2003-2005. 2006 Health Hierarchy” and can be viewed at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statisticsanddatacollections/populationandgeography/neighbourhoodstatistics/neighbourhood-statistics:-model-based-estimates-of-healthy-lifestyle-behaviours-at-pco-level-2003-05

Information on the number of people who successfully quit smoking at the four week follow up (based on self report) in West Hertfordshire PCT and East and North Hertfordshire PCT in the last year 2007-08 are available from the “Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2007 to March 2008”, Table 3.5, pages 28-30. This publication has already been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults aged 35 years and over were admitted to hospital with diseases caused by smoking in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2006-07. (249062)

Information is not available in the format requested. Data for 1996-97 are unavailable. Data is not collected for Hemel Hempstead and Hertfordshire. Data for East and North Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) and West Hertfordshire PCT are available for 2006-07. Hemel Hempstead is covered by East and North Hertfordshire PCT.

Figures are available and provided on the number of admissions in national health service hospitals for those aged 35 and over with a primary diagnosis of diseases that can be caused by smoking and estimates of the number of those admissions that are attributable to smoking.

The following table shows the number of admissions for those aged 35 and over with a primary diagnosis of various diseases that can be caused by smoking and estimates of the number of those admissions that can be attributed to smoking. Figures have been provided for 2006-07 in East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT. It is acknowledged that not all of the observed admissions included in the table will be attributable to smoking as there are other contributory factors to these diseases. Therefore the relative risks of these diseases for current and ex-smokers, compared to non-smokers have been used to estimate smoking-attributable admissions.

NHS1 hospital admissions2 for primary diagnosis3 of diseases that can be caused by smoking and those attributable to smoking, 2006-07

Number

Observed admissions4

Smoking attributable admissions5

East and North Hertfordshire

11,733

3,400

West Hertfordshire

12,834

3,500

1 The data include private patients in NHS hospitals (but not private patients in private hospitals)

2 A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

3 The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and 7 prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.

4 Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data. Observed admissions only includes those where gender was recorded.

5 Estimated attributable number, rounded to the nearest 100.

Notes:

1. Figures exclude records where gender was unknown or not specified as relative risks used to calculate attributable admissions are gender specific.

2. Figures exclude records where country of residence was not confirmed as England.

Source:

NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care