In West Sussex the overall cost to society from smoking is £183 million a year according to the County Council. To raise awareness of the hidden dangers a national campaign “Smokefree Homes and Cars” starts this month and runs for six weeks.
The campaign shows that more than 80 percent of second hand smoke is invisible and contains harmful toxins, meaning that children are inadvertently inhaling smoke without many people realising it.
The £183 million can be broken down to:
- £54.5 million lost in output to early deaths
- £39 million lost in output due to cigarette breaks
- £36 million cost to the NHS in West Sussex
- £33 million cost of productivity lost due to smoking related sick days
- £7 million cost of smoking related fires
- £10 million cost of passive smoking in West Sussex
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: “No matter how careful you think you are being when smoking, second hand smoke is unknowingly breathed in by children, which can lead to health problems.
“There’s support available for anyone who wants to find out more about giving up smoking, even if now isn’t the right time for you to do that. Accessing support like the West Sussex Stop Smoking Service makes you four times more likely to be successful than trying to stop smoking by yourself.”
For advice on accessing your local Stop Smoking Service in West Sussex phone: 0330 1001823 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more, visit the West Sussex Wellbeing website.