PUBLISHED: 9:24 July 14 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 July 14 2019
Smokers can immediately be banned on board land because a new report reveals the surprising cost of this practice for Norfolk taxpayers.
People and community election committees for the Norfolk County Council next week will consider whether to follow NHS directives to go "smoke free" throughout the site.
It came as a report, which would go before the committee on July 19, claiming a wider impact of tobacco-related damage costing Norfolk £ 187.8 million annually.
The Norfolk Tobacco Control Alliance Action Plan report says there are around 98,000 adult smokers in the county, with around 1.1 million cigarettes consumed every day.
Committee members are now asked to consider whether all council sites must be smoke-free to reduce demand for tobacco products.
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While the report mentions the cost of smoking of £ 187.8 million, Dr. Louise Smith, director of the public health council, said the figure was higher.
He said: "We estimate that smoking has an annual impact of 220 million pounds in Norfolk, ranging from the cost of death to staff illness, loss of business productivity, house fires and garbage collection.
"On the contrary it is estimated that smokers pay around £ 120 million for tobacco products every year."