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Death: Smoking

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have died of smoking-related diseases in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes in each year since 2000. (308083)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people have died of smoking-related diseases in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes in each year since 2000. (308083)

Deaths due to smoking-related diseases cannot be directly calculated, as smoking status is not recorded on the death certificate. However, research published by the then Health Development Agency in 20041 suggested that, in the period 1998 to 2002, an annual average of 86,500 deaths among persons aged 35 and over were estimated to be attributable to smoking in England1.

From 2007 onwards, the NHS Information Centre has published an annual report containing similar estimates for England. These reports state that in 20052, an estimated 81,900 deaths among persons aged 35 and over in England were attributable to smoking. In 20073 the equivalent estimated number of deaths was 82,900, and in 20084 it was 83,900. Comparable figures for 2003, 2004 and 2006 are not available.

Figures for the number of people dying of smoking-related diseases in Milton Keynes unitary authority are not available for any years.

1 The report published by the Health Development Agency is available at:

http://www:nice.org.uk/aboutnice/whoweare/aboutthehda/hdapublications/smoking_epidemic_england.jsp

2 The 2007 report published by the NHS Information Centre is available at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles/smoking/statistics-on-smoking-england-2007-%5Bns%5D

3 The 2008 report published by the NHS Information Centre is available at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/smoking08

4 The 2009 report published by the NHS Information Centre is available at:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/smoking09