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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Smoking, England - 2016

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 1980 to 31 Mar 2016



Update: On 11/07/2016 historical data in excel table 1.2 was updated to reflect revisions made to the source data by ONS.  The chart which uses these data on slide 23 has not been updated as the revisions have a minimal effect on the trends in the data series.

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.

The topics covered include:

Part 1: Smoking patterns in adults

Part 2: Smoking patterns in children

Part 3: Availability and affordability of tobacco

Part 4: Behaviour and attitudes to smoking

Part 5: Smoking-related costs, ill health and mortality

Each part provides an overview of the key findings on these topics, as well as providing links to sources of further information and relevant documents.

This report 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.



Smoking prevalence

•  In 2014, 19 per cent of adults in Great Britain currently smoked, down from a peak of 46 per cent in 1974.

•  Average consumption among smokers was 11 cigarettes a day - the lowest daily cigarette consumption since the series began when it was 16.

•  In 2014, 18 per cent of secondary school pupils reported they had tried smoking at least once.

Hospital admissions

•  There were 1.7 million admissions for conditions that could be caused by smoking in 2014/15.  This is an average of 4.7 thousand admissions per day.

•  Of these 475 thousand (28 per cent) were estimated to be attributed to smoking.


•  There were 78,000 deaths in 2014 which were estimated to be attributed to smoking.


•  In 2015, 4 per cent of adults in Great Britain were current e-cigarette users.

•  More secondary school pupils reported having tried e-cigarettes at least once (22 per cent) than traditional cigarettes (18 per cent). 


•  In 2015, tobacco was 27 per cent less affordable than it was in 2005.

•  Tobacco expenditure as a proportion of total household expenditure has fallen to 1.7 per cent in 2015 from 3.3 per cent in 1985.


•  In 2014/15 the number of prescription items dispensed in England to help people stop smoking was 1.3 million, compared to 2.0 million ten years ago.

•  The net ingredient cost was £38.1 million.


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