'5% of admissions' smoking-related

One in every 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness, figures suggest.

Every day 1,260 adults aged 35 and over are admitted to hospital due to smoking, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said.

Between 2010 and 2011 there were 460,000 hospital admissions in England attributable to smoking. Of these, 126,200 had a respiratory disease and 160,300 had a smoking-related cancer such as lung cancer, and a further 135,400 were diagnosed with circulatory disease, HSCIC estimates.

The data also shows that more people tried to kick the habit. Between 2011 and 2012, 816,000 people set a quit date with the help of NHS Stop Smoking Services, a 4% rise on the previous year.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: "These figures present in stark terms the impact smoking has on people's individual health and NHS services.

"Together, today's two reports give an insight into the effects of this habit in England; from those seeking help to give up and successfully quitting through NHS Stop Smoking Services to those needing a hospital stay for a condition associated with smoking."

Amanda Sandford, research manager at charity Action on Smoking and Health, said: "Taken together the statistics on hospital admissions due to smoking and those seeking help to quit show just how much smokers want to quit, yet how hard it is to do so.

"Smoking is still by far the biggest single cause of preventable illness and premature death.

"Helping adults to quit should remain a priority of the NHS but we also need to have measures in place such as a ban on the promotional features on cigarette packs if we are to stop the next generation from being hooked on this deadly addiction."