asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the estimated cost to the National Health Service of treating people suffering from illness as a result of smoking in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [HL362]
The information is not available in the form requested. However, a study Cost Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Interventions by the Health Education Authority in collaboration with the University of York published in 1997 estimated the annual cost to the National Health Service of treating smoking related disease caused by smoking at between £1.4 billion and £1.7 billion for England. This is the most recent available estimate.