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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Smoking, England - 2013

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 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2013


Additional England level tables and analyses (Statistics on Smoking, England - 2013: Additional tables.xls) unavailable at the time of the original publication (15 August 2013), were released on 8 October 2013 reporting figures from the General Lifestyles Survey and mortality data. An amended version of these additional tables has been made available on 9 October 2013 to correct errors within tables 4.6 and 4.7. The HSCIC apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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 Health and Social Care Information Centre.


  • Among adults aged 16 and over, 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.
  • Among pupils aged 11 to 15, in England, in 2012, 23 per cent of pupils had tried smoking at least once. This is lower than in 2011 (25 per cent), and continues the decline in the proportion of pupils who have smoked since 1996 when it was 49 per cent.
  • Between 1980 and 2012 the price of tobacco increased 191 per cent more than the retail prices.
  • In 2012, tobacco was 31.6 per cent less affordable than it was in 1980.
  • UK household expenditure on tobacco has more than trebled from £4.8 billion in 1980 to £18.7 billion in 2012.
  • In England in 2012/13, there were just over 2.2 million prescription items to help people stop smoking, a decrease since last year when there were there were over 2.5 million prescription items.
  • There were approximately 1.6 million hospital admissions, in England in 2011/12, among adults aged 35 and over 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.


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