> The smoke has burned 6 billion

To sum up they were the experts gathered yesterday in Trieste to discuss the epidemiology, prevention, clinical impact-economic development of the pathologies related to cigarette smoking, and new therapies, on the occasion of the conference ‘Smoke, Health and Sanità’, sponsored by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and from the Observatory, sanità, and health.

“The scientific research says in a note Americo Cicchetti, Facoltà di Economia of the università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome – has put in clear evidence of the correlation between the emergence of certain diseases and the habit of smoking. By adopting as reference data for hospital admissions during 2005, a study carried out by our university, has calculated that the cost of the hospitalizations associated with tobacco-related diseases is equal to 3.4 billion euro, a value that in 2005, represents 3.5% of the expenditure of the national health service.

Projecting this data on other levels of assistance, it is revealed that in 2005 the total expenditure for the national health Service for diseases smoking-related would amount to more than six billion euros, equivalent to 6.7% of the health expenditure of the nation”.

“smoking is the main risk factor of death in the company; – stresses, Marco Confalonieri, director of the complex Structure of respiratory medicine of the Ospedali Riuniti of Trieste – and us specialists of diseases of the respiratory system we know we are facing an epidemic of disorders that in recent years increases as the weight health and social services.

in Addition to the lung cancers, there are the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Copd), respiratory failure, or interstitial lung diseases. You need help to quit smoking, and early diagnosis of diseases from the smoke tests simple spirometry”.

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