Skip to main content
National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Smoking - England, 2009

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Strategic Health Authorities, Government Office Regions
Date Range:
01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2008


Note 18/08/10:

As a result of detailed validations carried out during production of the Statistics on Smoking: England, 2010 report a number of minor issues were identified in the previous edition of the report Statistics on Smoking: England, 2009.

These issues concern tables 4.4 - 4.8 in the 2009 report which present information on smoking related hospital admissions and deaths. The equivalent tables in the 2010 report, 4.3 - 4.7, include detailed footnotes which explain the issues and provide correct figures for the 2009 report where possible.

The issue that concerns the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) diagnosis code for hip fracture also affects previous editions of the report; please refer to the smoking webpage for details.


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 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 NHS Information Centre, 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 NHS Information Centre.

The report covers smoking prevelance among adults and children, behaviour and attitudes to smoking and smoking related costs, ill health and mortality.


  • In 2007, 21 per cent of adults aged 16 and over in England reported smoking, compared with 22 per cent in 2006 and 39 per cent in 1980. As with previous years men are more likely to smoke than women (22 per cent compared with 19 per cent).
  • Almost a third of pupils (32 per cent) aged 11 to 15 in England in 2008 reported having tried smoking at least once and 6 per cent were regular smokers (smoking at least one cigarette a week). Girls were more likely to smoke than boys; 11 per cent of girls have smoked in the last week compared with 8 per cent of boys.
  • Around two thirds (69 per cent) of adults aged 16 and over in Great Britain in 2008/09 reported that they do not allow smoking at all in their home, an increase from 61 per cent in 2006. Four in five people (81 per cent) agree with the smoking ban in public places.
  • Around 440,900 hospital admissions among adults aged 35 and over in England in 2007/08 are estimated to be attributable to smoking. This accounts for 5 per cent of all hospital admissions in this age group.
  • Around 83,900 deaths (18 per cent of all deaths of adults aged 35 and over) in England in 2008 were estimated to be caused by smoking.


Last edited: 30 March 2022 7:47 am