Smoking-related illnesses and fag breaks cost the UK £12BILLION a year, research shows

SMOKERS cost the UK economy £12billion a year through illness and fag breaks, a study found.

The total comes despite the number of people smoking having fallen from around 11million to 9million in the past eight years.

Workers nipping out to have a cigarette break cost businesses £3.6billion a year — around £10million a day.

And employees taking time off sick due to smoking-related illnesses cost an additional £8.4billion.

Using data from public health charity Ash, vaping specialists looked at the cost of smoking in different regions.

Its study found London (£1.7billion a year) is worst hit, followed by Manchester and the West Midlands.

The lowest costs were £45million in Dorset.

Vapourcore chief Charles Bloom said: “The numbers prove smoking remains a countrywide issue.

“Instead of redistributing wealth into the local economy and improving the experiences of consumers, companies are having to spend their excess on facilitating employees’ smoking habits.”

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