While smoking is generally known to be on the rise, those in the South West are fewer than ever, says a recent statistic.

Fewer smokers this year in South West

Fewer smokers this year in South West

The number of percent of people who smoke has gone down from 18 percent last year to 17 percent this year, says the Office of National Statistics. Hospital admissions attributed to smoking has also fallen this year, says the report.

Adults aged over 35 admitted to hospitals due to their habit of smoking has dropped by 18 percent this year, reveal the figures disclosed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. It says that around 460,900 people were admitted to hospitals because of deteriorating health caused by regular smoking in the year 2012 which was 559,800 in the year 2004.

The common primary diagnosis in these cases were respiratory disease for 131,000 patients while 134,300 suffered from a circulatory disease and 156,600 of them had a primary diagnosis of cancer believed to have been caused by the ingestion of the harmful smoke. The South West Campaign that encourages people to stop their smoking habit celebrates the improvement and is also encouraging the statistics that reveal that fewer people in the South West UK are addicted to this fatal habit.

Smokefree South West director Fiona Andrews said, “I think we can be proud that the South West is ahead of the national trend, but I do look forward to seeing the number of smokers coming down further. The introduction of standard packaging has led to dramatic further cuts in smoking in Australia – down to around 12.5 per cent – and I urge the government to fulfil its earlier pledge to bring that regulation to Parliament before the next election.”

The latest statistics on smoking also reveals that one in five adults over 16 years of age were smokers in 2012 comparatively lesser than a decade ago when one in four adults admitted that they smoke regularly.