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General Smoking Demographics & Statistics

Around 9 million adults in the UK are classified as current smokers. This is approximately 15% of adult population. 19% of men smoke and 14% of women.

Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25-34 age group (24%) and lowest amongst those aged 60 and over (10%).

Smoking rates are much higher among poorer people. 12% of adults in managerial and professional occupations smoke compared with 28% in routine and manual occupations.

The North East of England has the highest prevalence at 18.7% while the South West has the lowest at 15.5%.

In the financial year 2015-2016, 30,974 million cigarettes were released in the UK

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It’s All About The Money!

In 2017, a 20-a-day smoker of an average cigarette brand will spend about £3,600 a year on cigarettes.

The current the UK median disposable household income is £27,300 – a household with a smoker will therefore spend 13% of their disposable income on cigarettes.

The total annual UK household expenditure on cigarettes is £19.3 billion.

Last year the Treasury received £12.3 billion in revenue from tobacco duties and tobacco related VAT.

The cost of smoking to the National Health Service in England is estimated to be £2.5 billion a year.

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And Now For The Scary Bit – Your Health

About half of all life-long smokers will die prematurely, losing on average about 10 years of life.

In the UK, it is estimated that 100,000 people die each year as a direct result of smoking.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the UK.

Smoking kills more people each year than the following preventable causes of death combined: obesity; alcohol; road traffic accidents; drug misuse; HIV.

Worldwide, one in five cancer deaths (22%) is caused by smoking.

The results from a 50 year study showed that approximately two thirds of all lifelong cigarette smokers will be eventually killed by their habit.

Death is usually due to one of the three major diseases caused by smoking lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease and coronary heart disease.

For every death caused by smoking, approximately 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking related disease.

In 2014/15 there were approximately 1.7m hospital admissions in England among adults over 35 due to illnesses caused by smoking.

Research shows that smokers have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing dementia than those who have never smoked

Smoking causes at least 15 different types of cancer: lung, larynx, oesophagus, oral cavity, nasopharynx, pharynx, bladder, pancreas, kidney, liver, stomach, bowel, cervix, leukaemia, and ovarian cancers.

An average cigarette contains over 7,000 chemical compounds. These include carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde, cyanide, benzene and acrolein.

Surveys show that the majority of current smokers would like to stop smoking but only about 30%-40% make a quit attempt in a given year.

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