HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 c409W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died as a result of abuse of(a) butane gas refills and (b) other volatile substances in each year since 1997. [165759]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Statistics, collected by St. George's Hospital Medical School on behalf of the Department, on volatile substance abuse deaths from cigarette (butane) lighter refills, and total volatile substance abuse deaths are shown in the tables.

Deaths associated with cigarette lighter refills
Year Number
1997 47
1998 43
1999 43
2000 34
2001 42

Deaths by volatile substance abuse
Year Number
1997 78
1998 80
1999 75
2000 65
2001 63
St. George's Hospital Medical School: 16th Annual Report on Trends in Death Associated with Abuse of Volatile Substance 1971–2001—Key findings for 2001.

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