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Share of population that were current smokers in the UK 2018, by sexuality

As of 2018, the share of the UK population that currently smoked and identified as heterosexual/straight was 14.5 percent. Those that had identified as gay or lesbian had a larger share of the population that currently smoked, at approximately 21.2 percent.

Share of the population that were current smokers in the United Kingdom in 2018, by sexual orientation

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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 was 79,297, and the "currently smoking" percentage of that population (sorted by sexual orientation) was used in this statistic.

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