GB Smoking Prevalence

GB smoking prevalence

Male Female Total
expressed as a percentage
2000 29 25 27
2001 28 26 27
2002 27 25 26
2003 28 24 26
2004 26 23 25
2005 25 23 24
2006 23 21 22
2007 22 20 21
2008 22 21 21
2009 22 20 21
2010 21 20 20
2011 21 19 20
 2012  –  19.3
 2013  –  –  18.4
 2014  –  –  17.8
 2015  –  16.9

Source: ONS

The latest General Lifestyle Survey published in March 2013, makes the following remarks concerning consumption and prevalence. “As noted in earlier GHS reports, it is likely that the survey underestimates cigarette consumption and, perhaps to a lesser extent, prevalence (the proportion of people who smoke). For example, evidence suggests (Kozlowski, 19863) that when respondents are asked how many cigarettes they smoke each day, there is a tendency to round the figure down to the nearest multiple of 10. Underestimates of consumption are likely to occur in all age groups.”