This report presents key statistics about children’s health and health related behaviours, showing 2018 prevalence and trends.
- The proportion of children aged 8 to 15 who had ever smoked has decreased from 19% in 1997 to 4% in 2018.
- 9% of children aged 13 to 15 had ever tried smoking, compared to 1% of those aged 11 to 12 and 0.1% of those aged 8 to 10.
- 9% of children whose mother was a current cigarette smoker have tried smoking themselves.
- 7% of 8- to 15-year-olds had used an e-cigarette.
- The proportion of children aged 8 to 15 reporting ever having had a proper alcoholic drink – a whole drink, not just a sip - fell from 45% in 2003 to 14% in 2018.
- The proportion ever having had a proper alcoholic drink increased from younger to older children. Only small proportions of younger children had tried drinking: 3% aged 8 to 10 and 6% aged 11 to 12, compared with 31% aged 13 to 15 in 2018.
- 18% of children aged between 5 and 15 ate the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
- 94% of boys and 96% of girls reported very good or good health.
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Estimates of the number of children in England in different categories are available for fruit and vegetable consumption.
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