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National Statistics
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Statistics on Smoking, England - 2017 [PAS]

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 1980 to 31 Mar 2017


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 related ill health
Part 2: Prescription items used to help people stop smoking
Part 3: Smoking patterns in adults
Part 4: Smoking patterns in children
Part 5: Availability and affordability of tobacco
Part 6: Behaviour and attitudes to smoking

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 NHS Digital, Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The report also includes new analyses carried out by NHS Digital.


Smoking prevalence

  • In 2016, 15.5 per cent of adults aged 18+ currently smoke, down from 19.9 per cent in 2010.
  • In 2000, 26.8 per cent of adults aged 16+ were smokers.
  • Prevalence since 2010 has fallen most in younger age groups.

Hospital admissions

  • There were estimated to be around 474 thousand hospital admissions attributable to smoking in 2015/16, which was an increase from 458 thousand in 2005/06.
  • As a proportion of all admissions, this has fallen to 4 per cent from 6 per cent in 2005/06.


  • There were estimated to be around 79 thousand deaths attributable to smoking in 2015. This represents 16 per cent of all deaths.


  • There were an estimated 2.4 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, representing around 5 per cent of adults.
  • Prevalence amongst 16 to 24 year olds increased from 2 per cent in 2015 to 6 per cent in 2016.


  • In 2016, tobacco was 27 per cent less affordable than it was in 2006.
  • Tobacco expenditure as a proportion of total household expenditure has fallen to 1.6 per cent in 2016, from 2.9 per cent in 1985.

Smoking at the time of delivery

  • Just under 11 per cent of mothers were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery in 2016/17, down from 15 per cent in 2006/07


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