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Release: Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Smoking Habits Amongst Adults, 2012

Released: 26 September 2013


Tom Howe

Social Surveys

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Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Lifestyles and Behaviours, Drug use, Alcohol and Smoking, Smoking Habits, Smoking Cessation

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): General Lifestyle Survey


Corrections have been made to this report, following the identification of an error which lead to the incorrect classification of a number of people as 'ex-smokers', when they should have been classified as 'never smoked'. The necessary corrections have been made to reference tables 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7. Figures 2 and 3 have also been corrected. These corrections were made at 15:30 on 10 June 2014.

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • One in five adults (aged 16+) in Great Britain were cigarette smokers in 2012. The rate of smoking in Great Britain has remained largely unchanged over the last five years.

  • Smoking rates varied by whether people were in employment or not. Unemployed people (not working but seeking work) were twice as likely to smoke as those either in employment or economically inactive (for example, students or retired people).

  • Over half of unemployed 25 to 34 year olds smoked (54%).

  • Pregnant women tend to give up smoking (during pregnancy); however, 7% of women continue to smoke when pregnant.

  • Men were more likely to smoke hand rolling tobacco than women.

Smoking rates, average number of cigarettes smoked and smoking during pregnancy in Great Britain during 2012. This release, using data provided by the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), continues the series of releases on smoking; previously provided by the General Household Survey (GHS) and the General Lifestyle Survey (GLF).

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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