Smokers costing Kent £1.3bn a year in fires

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 at 9:21 am and is filed under Latest News | 0

New data has unveiled that smokers in Kent are causing the county a staggering £1.3 billion annually. This alarming figure encompasses various expenses such as lost productivity, healthcare expenditures, social care costs, and damages from smoking-related fires.

These revelations are outlined in a forthcoming report slated for presentation at the Kent County Council (KCC) Health Reform and Public Health cabinet committee meeting next week (May 14).

According to the report, productivity losses amount to £770 million, while social care costs reach £427 million. Health care expenses are estimated at £52 million, with an additional £8 million attributed to damages caused by smoking-related fires.

These cost estimates have been provided by the advocacy group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

In response to this financial burden, KCC recently received an additional £1.9 million in funding in April, as part of a government initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, aimed at encouraging Britons to quit smoking.

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