Cigarette smoking status in England 2018, by gender

In England in 2018, 54 percent of men and 62 percent of women said they never regularly smoked cigarettes, while 28 percent of men and 23 percent of women mentioned they used to smoke cigarettes regularly.

Smokers broken down by age

Across all age groups in England, males have a higher share of smokers compared to females. 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 and female smokers across the age groups. While 22 percent of men aged between 16 and 24 years are classed as current smokers.

Dangers of smoking

  Over 1.8 million admissions to NHS hospitals in England in the financial year 2016/17 were caused by smoking. The number of admissions as a result of smoking has been creeping upwards since 2000. Consequently, the number of admissions due to cancers caused by smoking in England has increased since the year 2000, reaching almost 344 thousand in 2016/17. 

Distribution of cigarette smoking status in England in 2018, by gender

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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (men)= 3,938, n (women)= 4,134.

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