Young adults find smoking a bit of a drag

05 July, 2018, 23:08 | Author: Kara Nash
  • 17.8% of 18 to 24 year-olds now smoke – a significantly reduced figure

ONS said 60.8 percent of people aged 16 years and above who now smoke said they wanted to quit, based on estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.

Young adults are spurning cigarettes - however rates of smoking in Northern Ireland remain higher than the rest of the United Kingdom, research has shown.

That is a small increase on figures from the year before and a marked jump on the numbers from a decade ago.

The figures emerged in a report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Even if the same smoker ditched the habit when the smoking ban was introduced in 2007, they would still be eligible for an extra £193 a year.

"As smoking among adults has fallen, we have also seen fewer children start in the first place".

Around 11% of pregnant women were known smokers at the time of delivery, which was a similar rate to the previous year but down form 16% in 2006/07.

New figures show a new historic low for smoking in the North East - with smoking rates having almost halved since 2005.

Meanwhile, since 2011, the largest fall in smoking prevalence has been among 18- to 24-year olds.

Factoring in people aged 16 and 17 to the overall smoking figures, the United Kingdom saw an increase in the overall proportion of smokers in 2017 - up to 16.8% from 16.1% the year before.


Overall, 15.1 per cent of us - or about 7.4million people - were smokers past year.

According to the data, smoking rates were highest among people aged 25 to 34 with nearly one in five (19.7%) of people in this age group classing themselves as current smokers.

The number of adults in England who smoke cigarettes fell by 1.6m in the past six years, according to a new report from NHS Digital.

Public Health England (PHE) said the figures - which also show a rise in the number of people using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes - showed that the nation is "winning the war on tobacco".

Across all age groups, the number of United Kingdom smokers has "significantly" fallen since 2016, the figures show.

Across the whole of Britain more men than women are smokers - in 2017, 17% of men smoked compared with 13.3% of women.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said: "Ash supports the Government's vision, set out in the Tobacco Control Plan for England, of a smoke-free generation".

"Cuts in public health funding and lack of treatment for smoking on the NHS mean poorer more heavily-addicted smokers, including those who are pregnant, are not getting the help they need to quit".

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