HL Deb 27 September 2000 vol 616 c186WA
Lord Stoddart of Swindon

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer to the Lord Laird on 11 July (WA 22), how much of the estimated amount of between £1.4 billion and £1.7 billion spent by the National Health Service on treating smoking-related diseases was expended on people who smoke tobacco. [HL3608]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The estimate of £1.4 billion to £1.7 billion is the expenditure incurred by the National Health Service in respect of smokers because they smoke. Hence all those whose treatment incurred this expenditure are smokers. Expenditure on disease to which smoking makes some contribution (smoking related diseases) is necessarily higher.