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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Smoking - England, 2011

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 2009 to 31 Dec 2010


This statistical report presents a range of information on smoking 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 2009, 21 per cent of adults reported cigarette smoking, the same as in 2007 and 2008 and lower than 39 per cent in 1980. Prevalence continues to be higher among men than women with 22 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women reporting cigarette smoking.
  • In England in 2010, over a quarter of secondary school pupils (27 per cent), had tried smoking at least once and 5 per cent were regular smokers (smoking at least one cigarette a week). Girls were more likely to smoke than boys; 9 per cent of girls had smoked in the last week compared with 6 per cent of boys
  • In 2010, £17.7 billion was estimated to be spent on tobacco in the UK. The proportion of total household expenditure on tobacco has decreased since 1980, to 1.9 per cent in 2010. In 2010, tobacco was 33 per cent less affordable than in 1980.
  • In 2009, an average number of 13.1 cigarettes were smoked each day by current smokers. This includes an average of 13.9 cigarettes for men and 12.4 for women.
  • 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. Around 457,800 hospital admissions were estimated to be attributable to smoking. This accounts for 5 per cent of all hospital admissions in this age group.


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