Smoking among children (aged 8 to 15)
Children aged between 8 and 15 were asked questions about smoking within a self-completion questionnaire.
Whether children have ever smoked a cigarette
In 2019, 4% of children aged 8 to 15 reported that they had ever smoked a cigarette. Among 13 to 15 year olds, 10% reported they had ever smoked a cigarette.
In 2019, more children had ever used an e-cigarette or vaping device than had smoked a tobacco cigarette. 9% of children aged 8 to 15 had ever used an e-cigarette or vaping device.
Association with parent’s smoking status
Children’s smoking status was associated with their parent’s smoking status. Children whose mothers were current or former cigarette smokers were more likely to have ever tried smoking a cigarette (9% and 8% respectively) than children whose mother never regularly smoked (1%).
A similar pattern was seen among children based on their father’s smoking status. Among children whose fathers were current or former cigarette smokers, 5% had tried smoking a cigarette themselves, compared to 2% of children whose father had never regularly smoked.
Association with parent’s smoking status is based on data from HSE 2018 and 2019 combined.