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Statistics on Smoking, England 2020

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Statistics on Smoking, England 2020

Statistics on Public Health

Please note that this publication has now been integrated into the new Statistics on Public Health publication that brings together:

  • Statistics on Alcohol,
  • Statistics on Drug Misuse,
  • Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet,
  • Statistics on Smoking.

In its first iteration it presents the information previously published in these publications in the new format agreed as part of the consultation in early 2022.  The consultation outcomes document can be found below under Resources.

We value your opinions on this new look publication and would welcome your feedback.

We plan to publish updated hospital admissions, mortality and prescribing data for 2020/21 through to 2022/23 later in 2023 with the publication then being produced routinely in the autumn each year.

20 July 2023 09:30 AM


This report presents newly published information on smoking including:

  • Smoking-related hospital admissions from NHS Digital's Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).
  • Smoking-related deaths from Office for National Statistics (ONS) mortality statistics.
  • Prescription items used to help people stop smoking from prescribing data held by NHS Prescription Services.
  • Affordability of tobacco and expenditure on tobacco using ONS economic data.

Two new years of data have been provided for hospital admissions (2018/19 and 2019/20) and deaths (2018 and 2019) and one year of data for prescribing (2018/19) and affordability and expenditure (2019).

The report also provides links to information on smoking by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. 

Key facts cover the latest year of data available:

  • Hospital admissions: 2019/20
  • Deaths: 2019
  • Prescriptions: 2019/20

506,100 hospital admissions attributable to smoking

Similar to 2018/19 but 10% higher than 2009/10 when it was 461,700

74,600 deaths attributable to smoking

Decrease of 3% from 2018 (77,000) and 9% from 2009 (82,000)

710 thousand prescription items to help people stop smoking dispensed

Decrease of 4% from 2018/19 (740 thousand) and 71% from 2009/10 (2.48 million)

Last edited: 14 July 2023 11:13 am