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Smoking is costing councils in the North West more than 91 million pounds every year. Local authorities are spending the money to enable people with smoking-related illnesses to live in their own homes. The new figures come from the group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The study shows that every year 5,600 more people in the North West need local authority social care as a result of smoking.
The research also shows that local authorities spend more as a proportion of their care budgets on smoking-related care than the NHS does.