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Creating sustainable communities and a fairer world

52. Smoking

Prevalence of smoking (a) all adults (b) 'routine and manual' socio-economic groups, 2001 to 2008

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Difference in prevalence of smoking since:
1990
No data
2003
Amber
  • Between 2001 and 2008 the prevalence of smoking in the routine and manual socio-economic group showed a reduction of 4 percentage points whilst the population as a whole showed a reduction of 6 percentage points.

  • Smoking was more common in lower socio-economic groups. In 2008, 29 per cent of ‘routine and manual’ workers smoked compared with 21 per cent of the population as a whole.

  • This difference in prevalence between the population and those in the routine and manual socio-economic group varied between 5 and 8 percentage points between 2001 and 2008.
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Updated: 30 July 2010