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Statistics on Smoking

Published Thursday, September 14, 2017

This note provides a summary of statistics on smoking among adults in Great Britain and children in England and Scotland. Data on smoking-related hospital admissions and deaths in England and Scotland is also shown.

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In 2016, 16% of people in Great Britain smoked cigarettes: 18% of men and 15% of women were regular smokers.

The proportion of adults who have never smoked cigarettes has increased over the last 30 years, from 25% of men and 49% of women in 1974 to 56% and 63% respectively in 2016.

Smoking prevalence in 2016 was higher in Northern Ireland (18.1%) than in other constituent countries of Great Britain (17.7% in Scotland and Wales 15.5% in England).

In England, 3% of school children aged 11-15 smoked at least once a week and in Scotland 2% of 13 year olds and 9% of 15 year olds did so.

In 2016 an estimated 2.4 million people in Great Britain we e-cigarette users.

In 2015, 16% of all deaths in people aged 35 or over in England – 79,100 deaths – were estimated as being attributable to smoking, while it was estimated to be the cause of around 9,950 deaths per year in Scotland.

It is estimated that 474,000 hospital admissions a year in England are directly attributable to smoking, which represents 4% of all hospital admissions.

In 2016, tobacco was 27 per cent less affordable than it was in 2006.



Commons Briefing papers CBP-7648

Author: Lydia Jackson

Topic: Smoking

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