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Share of population by age that were current smokers in the UK 2019

As of 2019, the percentage of young adults between 18 and 24 years of age who currently smoked in the UK was 16 percent. The age group in the UK with the highest amount of current smokers was those between 25 and 34 years old, at 19 percent of the total population. In the older age groups (55-64, and 65+) there was a prevalence towards reduced smoking rates compared to younger age groups.

Share of the population that were current smokers in the United Kingdom in 2019, by age

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

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Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.
*The source does not specify the date of the survey.
**The sample size of smokers and non-smokers were 205,978, with the "currently smoking" percentage of that population used in this statistic.

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