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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Smoking - England, 2010

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Ambulance Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Strategic Health Authorities, Government Office Regions
Date Range:
01 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2009


Note 28/06/11:

A number of errors have been identified in Tables 4.4 and 4.5 (Pages 87 and 88) of Statistics on Smoking: England, 2010. These errors also affect the corresponding tables in the accompanying Excel workbook as well as the commentary in a number of sections of the pdf report. Please see the errata note for further information and corrected figures.

The NHS IC apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Note 18/09/10:

Please note: an amended version of this report was made available on 8 September 2010 to correctly include the National Statistics logo on the front cover. No other changes were actioned.

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 main Smoking webpage for detail.


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 (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15), smoking-related ill health and mortality, affordability of tobacco and smoking-related costs.

This report combines data from different sources 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.


  • In England in 2008 21 per cent of adults reported cigarette smoking, the same as in 2007 and lower than 39 per cent in 1980. Prevalence continues to be higher among men than women, though the difference in 2008 is reduced compared with recent years, with 21 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women reporting cigarette smoking.
  • In England in 2009 three in ten secondary school pupils (29 per cent), had 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; 10 per cent of girls had smoked in the last week compared with 8 per cent of boys.
  • In England in 2008/09 two thirds (67 per cent) of current smokers reported wanting to give up smoking, with three quarters (75 per cent) reporting having tried to give up smoking at some point in the past. Around two thirds (69 per cent) of adults report 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.
  • In England in 2008/09 an estimated 462,900 hospital admissions of adults aged 35 and over were attributable to smoking. This accounts for 5 per cent of all hospital admissions in this age group.
  • In England in 2009 an estimated 81,400 deaths of adults aged 35 and over were attributable to smoking. This accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths in this age group.


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