HC Deb 08 November 2001 vol 374 c356W
Rachel Squire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure in each of the last three financial years on NHS treatment of smoking-related illnesses. [12165]

Ms Blears

Treating illness and disease caused by smoking is estimated to cost the national health service up to £1.7 billion every year in terms of general practitioner visits, prescriptions, treatment and operations.