NHS Digital has published the latest figures on smoking in England. The 'Statistics on Smoking, England: 2019 report' is a collection of data, inclusive of statistics from Public Health England and the Office for National Statistics.
The key findings from the report are as follows:
- The number of adults smoking cigarettes in England has witnessed a drop of around 1.8 million, from 7.7 million in 2011 to 5.9 million in 2018.
- The prevalence of smoking among adults across the UK was 14.7 per cent. England had the lowest prevalence (14.4%), whereas Scotland had the highest (16.3%). The prevalence in Wales and Northern Ireland was 15.9 per cent and 15.5 per cent, respectively.
- In 2018, the likelihood of smoking was highest among adults aged 25 to 34 years (19%) and lowest among those aged ≥65 years (8%).
- In 2016, 6 per cent of school-going children aged 11-15 years were current smokers.
- In 2018-2019, almost 11 per cent of pregnant women were smokers at the time of delivery compared with 15 per cent in 2008-2009.
- The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise. In 2018, 6.3 per cent of adults were current users compared with 5.5 per cent in 2017 and 3.7 per cent in 2014.
- The most common use of e-cigarettes was as a smoking cessation aid (51.5%).
- In 2017-2018, there were an estimated 489,300 hospital admissions attributable to smoking. This figure represents an increase of 1 per cent since 2016-2017 and an increase of 11 per cent since 2007-2008.
- Smoking was responsible for 77,800 deaths in 2017 compared with 82,400 deaths in 2007.
- The dispensing of prescription smoking cessation aids has dropped to 740,000 in 2018-2019 from 2.26 million 10 years ago.
- At least some exposure to second-hand smoke was reported by 28 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women