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National Statistics

Statistics on Smoking, England - 2017 [NS]

09:50 September 24, 2017 - 09:30 June 15, 2017
Publication date: June 15, 2017
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This statistical report presents a range of information on smoking which is drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England and covers topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs.

The topics covered include:

Part 1: Smoking related ill health

Part 2: Prescription items used to help people stop smoking

Part 3: Smoking patterns in adults

Part 4: Smoking patterns in children

Part 5: Availability and affordability of tobacco

Part 6: Behaviour and attitudes to smoking

Each part provides an overview of the key findings on these topics, as well as providing links to sources of further information and relevant documents.

  This report contains data and information previously published by NHS Digital, Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The report also includes new analyses carried out by NHS Digital.

Key facts

Smoking prevalence

•  In 2016, 15.5 per cent of adults aged 18+ currently smoke, down from 19.9 per cent in 2010.

•  In 2000, 26.8 per cent of adults aged 16+ were smokers.

• Prevalence since 2010 has fallen most in younger age groups.

Hospital admissions

•  There were estimated to be around 474 thousand hospital admissions attributable to smoking in 2015/16, which was an increase from 458 thousand in 2005/06.

•  As a proportion of all admissions, this has fallen to 4 per cent from 6 per cent in 2005/06.


•  There were estimated to be around 79 thousand deaths attributable to smoking in 2015. This represents 16 per cent of all deaths.


•  There were an estimated 2.4 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, representing around 5 per cent of adults.

•  Prevalence amongst 16 to 24 year olds increased from 2 per cent in 2015 to 6 per cent in 2016.


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

•  Tobacco expenditure as a proportion of total household expenditure has fallen to 1.6 per cent in 2016, from 2.9 per cent in 1985.

Smoking at the time of delivery

• Just under 11 per cent of mothers were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery in 2016/17, down from 15 per cent in 2006/07



Date Range: January 01, 1980 to March 31, 2017
Geographical coverage:
Great Britain
Geographical granularity:

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