* Regional data are available within this report
15 June 2017: The percentage of adults aged 18+ in England who smoke has fallen from 19.9 per cent in 2010 to 15.5 per cent in 20161.
According to a report published today by NHS Digital2, the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England, smoking prevalence fell for all age groups between 2010 and 2016. The largest fall was amongst 18 to 24 year olds - from 26 per cent in 2010 to 19 per cent in 2016.
Statistics on Smoking, England 2017 draws together a range of information from different sources on smoking by adults and children, including behaviours and attitudes, smoking-related costs and the effect on health in terms of hospital admissions and deaths from smoking-related illnesses.
Estimates show that the number of hospital admissions that were attributable to smoking has increased from 458,000 in 2005/06 to 474,000 in 2015/16, but as a proportion of all hospital admissions it has fallen from 6 per cent in 2005/06 to 4 per cent in 2015/163.
The report includes newly published information on:
- Adult smoking habits published today by the Office for National Statistics in partnership with Public Health England fromAdult smoking habits in the UK: 2016
- National level deaths and admissions data attributable to smoking
- Women smoking at the time of delivery
The report also includes regional data on hospital admissions for 2015/16, and mortality rates for 2013-2015, estimated to be attributable to smoking for Local Authority areas:
- Barnsley, Sunderland, Blackpool and Hartlepool had the highest estimated hospital admission rates for smoking-related conditions, with each having a rate of more than 3,000 per 100,000 of population
- Wokingham and the Isle of Wight had the lowest rates of estimated hospital admission rates with each having a rate of below 1,000 per 100,000
- Manchester had the highest estimated rate of smoking-related mortality with 509 per 100,000 of population
- Harrow, Rutland and Wokingham had the lowest rates, all below 200 per 100,000
Also included in the report:
- There were estimated to be around 79,000 deaths attributable to smoking in 2015. This represented 16 per cent of all deaths that year
- There were an estimated 2.4 million e-cigarette users, representing around 5 per cent of adults in 2016
- Prevalence amongst 16 to 24 year olds increased from 2 per cent in 2015 to 6 per cent in 2016
- Tobacco was 27 per cent less affordable in 2016 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 women giving birth were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery in 2016/17, down from 15 per cent in 2006/07
Also published today:
Read Adult smoking habits in the UK 2016 at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2016
Read Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England at:
Read Tobacco Profiles: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/tobacco-control