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Smoking in the United Kingdom (UK) - statistics & facts

Smoking tobacco is not only a bad habit but an addiction for many smokers. Smoking significantly increases health risk for numerous health disorders and preventable diseases leading to premature death. Even though the prevalence of smoking in the United Kingdom (UK) is historically at its lowest, currently 14.7 percent of Brits reported smoking regularly. In the UK, the prevalence rate of current smokers is in general higher among men in comparison to women. Scotland has the highest share of smokers in the UK, with 19 percent of men reported as current smokers compared to 16 percent of women.

The UK is regarded as a global leader in tobacco control, having implemented the WHO FTCT guidelines. Smoking rates have steadily reduced over the decades. The UK government has set itself an ambitious goal of achieving a smoke-free society by 2030. Smoking policies and laws vary between different countries in the UK. Nonetheless in 2018, NHS England alone recorded over 354 thousand hospital admissions for cancer which were connected to smoking. Due to this large number of admissions, conditions relating to smoking have been a large economic burden on the NHS. In England many smokers want to quit their habit. The share of individuals who set themselves a quit smoking date in 2019 was highest among those aged between 45 and 59 years.

Currently, e-cigarettes or vapes are the most popular stop smoking aids used in Great Britain, with an estimated 3.2 million users. Over half of e-cigarette users say that they are vaping in order to stop smoking. However, it should be noted that e-cigarettes are not completely risk-free. Easing access for smoking cessation aids like nicotine replacement therapy (NTR) and prescription tablets (Varenicline and Bupropion) should assist smokers addicted to nicotine to smoothly quit smoking.

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Smoking in the United Kingdom (UK)

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