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Statistics on Smoking - England, 2012

Publication date: 09:30 August 16, 2012

Summary

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.

This report combines data from different sources presenting it in a user-friendly format. It contains data and information previously published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The report also includes new analyses carried out by the HSCIC.


Key Facts

  • In England in 2010, 20 per cent of adults reported smoking, which is similar to 2009 where 21 per cent of adults reported smoking but much lower than the 39 per cent in 1980.
  • In England in 2011, over a quarter of pupils (25 per cent), had tried smoking at least once and 5 per cent were regular smokers (smoking at least one cigarette a week).
  • In 2010/11 among adults aged 35 and over, there were approximately 1.5 million hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking. The annual number of admissions has been rising steadily since 1996/97, when the number of such admissions was 1.1 million.
  • In 2010/11 among adults aged 35 and over, around 459,900 hospital admissions were estimated to be attributable to smoking. This accounts for 5 per cent of all hospital admissions in this age group.
  • In 2011 among adults aged 35 and over, around 79,100 deaths (18 per cent of all deaths of adults aged 35 and over) were estimated to be caused by smoking.
  • In England in 2010, current smokers smoked an average of 12.7 cigarettes per day.

Coverage

Date Range: 01 April 2011 to 31 March 2012
Geographical coverage: England, Great Britain
Geographical granularity: Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Government Office Regions

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