Number of smokers in Britain fallsby Editorial Staff - 2017.06.16
In 2016, 15.8% of adults in the UK smoked, down from 17.2% in 2015. According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) some 15.5% of adults currently smoke in England, rising to 18.1% in Northern Ireland, 17.7% in Scotland and 16.9% in Wales. Across the UK, 5.6% of people – around 2.9 million – used e-cigarettes in 2016. What is really interesting is that this steep decline is even greater among young adults (aged 18 to 24), where smoking has fallen by a staggering quarter since 2010, reversing a long trend. In 2010, 26% of this age group smoked, dropping to 19% in 2016. According to Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, “It’s now hard to believe that back in 1974 almost half of adults smoked. But now an end really is in sight and we have a real opportunity to virtually eliminate all the harm, misery and death caused by smoking.”
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