Official Statistics Shows Smoking Continues To Decline

The Office for National Statistics released its latest reports on smoking habits, and we must admit, we like what we see. According to these findings, smoking continues to decline at a significant rate and there is mounting evidence of the positive health benefits of vaping versus smoking. It’s statistically showing that making the switch is not only helping those in the process of quitting tobacco, but those kicking the habit completely.

Main findings from the report are below:

  • In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, which equates to around 6.9 million people in the population, based on our estimate from the Annual Population Survey (APS).
  • The proportion of current smokers in the UK has fallen significantly from 14.7% in 2018 to 14.1% in 2019.
  • Of the constituent countries, 13.9% of adults in England smoked, 15.5% of adults in Wales, 15.4% of adults in Scotland and 15.6% of adults in Northern Ireland.
  • In the UK, 15.9% of men smoked compared with 12.5% of women.
  • Those aged 25 to 34 years had the highest proportion of current smokers (19.0%).
  • In the UK, around 1 in 4 (23.4%) people in routine and manual occupations smoked, this is around 2.5 times higher than people in managerial and professional occupations (9.3%).
  • In Great Britain, more than half (52.7%) of people aged 16 years and above who currently smoked said they wanted to quit, and 62.5% of those who have ever smoked said they had quit, based on our estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).
  • In Great Britain, 5.7% of respondents in 2019 said they currently used an e-cigarette, which equates to nearly 3 million adults in the population.