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.
At time of publication the most up to date information is from SDD 2016. NHS Digital are planning on publishing the SDD 2018 survey on 25th July 2019 on the following link: http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/sdd18
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 report includes regular and occasional smokers.
One of the national ambitions in the government’s new tobacco control plan published in 20171, 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.