Average number of cigarettes smoked per day
Source: NHS Digital
Base: Adults aged 16 and over who smoke cigarettes
Notes: Tobacco has become less affordable over time. Between 2008 and 2018 the price of tobacco increased by 50% relative to retail prices whilst real households’ disposable income (adjusted) increased by 5% 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.