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Hospital admissions which can be caused by smoking in England (UK) 2000-2018

In 2000/01 there were approximately 1.28 million adults admitted to hospital in England due to an illness caused by smoking. By 2017/18 the number of hospital admissions as a result of smoking had increased to approximately 1.86 million, the largest number during the provided time period.

Smoking prevalence across age groups in England

In England in 2018, 27 percent of men and 22 percent of women aged between 25 and 34 years were current smokers. This is the highest share of male smokers across the age groups, while the age group of 45 to 54 years had the second largest proportion of female smokers at 18 percent.

Situation north of the border

In Scotland, the highest share of regular smokers is found in the age group 25 to 44 years at approximately 22 percent, followed by those aged between 45 and 54 years at 21 percent. In 2018, 21 percent of men and 17 percent of women overall in Scotland were current smokers. 

Number of admissions to NHS hospitals which were caused by smoking in England (UK) from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Age group

35 years and older

Supplementary notes

The source provides the following information:
- the data include private patients in national health service (NHS) hospitals, but not private patients in private hospitals).

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