Since 2011, the largest fall in smoking prevalence in the UK has been among 18- to 24-year-olds
06 August 2019
This collaborative publication describes data on smoking habits from two surveys; data for the UK are taken from the Annual Population Survey, and for Great Britain are taken from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.
In 2018, the prevalence of smoking in the UK was 14.7% which is a statistically significant decline of more than 5 percentage points since 2011. The proportion of people who vape in Great Britain has seen a significant increase since data collection began in 2014, rising from 3.7% in 2014 to 6.3% in 2018.
The bulletin includes many breakdowns including education, the findings show that people with no qualifications had the highest proportion of current smokers (29.8%), which is around four times the proportion in those with a degree (7.5%).