Adult smokers

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Adults aged 16 and over

The proportion of adult smokers has fallen from 27% in 1993 to 18% in 2015.

Note: The smoking ban came into force in July 2007, making workplaces and enclosed public spaces smoke-free.

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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Average number of cigarettes smoked per day

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Adults aged 16 and over who smoke cigarettes

Note: Tobacco has become less affordable over time. Between 2005 and 2015 the price of tobacco increased by 41% relative to retail prices, whilst real households’ disposable income (adjusted) increased by 3% over the same period. For more details see here

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.

 


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Adults who smoke: comparison by income in 2015

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Adults who smoke: comparison by income in 2015

The proportion of smokers was higher among those with lower incomes: 29% of adults in the lowest income quintile were current smokers, almost three times as many as in the highest income quintile where 10% were current smokers.

Note: We use equivalised household income, which is a measure of income that takes into account the number of persons in the household. More detail of how this is derived is provided in the Glossary, Appendix B of the report Health Survey for England 2015: Methods. 


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