This part presents a range of information on cigarette smoking patterns among young people. Smoking prevalence, consumption and trends among different groups of society and geographical areas are explored.
The source of data is the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People survey (SDD). This is a survey of secondary school pupils in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15) in England, conducted every 2 years and published by NHS Digital. The last survey was in 2016.
Pupils were categorised in three ways based on the responses given:
- Regular smokers (defined as usually smoking at least one cigarette per week);
- Occasional smokers (defined as usually smoking less than one cigarette per week); or
The term ‘current smoker’ used in this part includes regular and occasional smokers.
One of the national ambitions in the government’s new tobacco control plan published in 2017, is to reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke to 3% or less. This ambition will be measured via the SDD survey.