The number of adults in England who smoke cigarettes has decreased by 1.8m in the past seven years, according to new figures.
NHS Digital reported there were 5.9m smokers in 2018 compared with 7.7m in 2011.
But despite a fall in the number of smokers, hospital admissions linked to smoking have continued to increase – by 1% between 2016/17 and 2017/18, up to 489,300.
This is 11% higher than a decade ago – when in 2007/8 there were 440,400 smoking-related hospital admissions recorded.
Meanwhile, there were just 740,000 items prescribed in England last year to help people quit smoking – down from 2.26m items prescribed 10 years ago, and a peak of 2.56m in 2010/11.
Other key findings of the report showed that:
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