Stat Attack

  • There are about 10 million adults who smoke cigarettes in Great Britain – this is about a sixth of the total UK population.
  • 21% of adult men and 19% of adult women are smokers.
  • Smoking prevalence is highest among 20 to 24-year-olds: 30% of men and 28% of women.
  • In 1974, 51% of men and 41% of women smoked cigarettes – nearly half the adult population.
  • Smoking rates are markedly higher among poorer people.
  • In 2011, 13% of adults in managerial and professional occupations smoked compared with 28% in routine and manual occupations.
  • 22% of women and 27% of men are now ex-smokers.
  • Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking.
  • More than half (59%) of all adults report that they have never smoked. 60% of smokers say they would find it hard to last a whole day without smoking.
  • About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
  • Every year, over 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related causes.
  • Smoking accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths, over one-quarter of cancer deaths, and about one-seventh of cardiovascular disease deaths.
  • In 2011–12 the Government earned £12.1 billion in revenue from tobacco tax (including VAT).
  • The Government spent £88.2m on services to help people stop smoking and a further £66.4m on stop smoking medication.
  • Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds, present as either gases or as tiny particles. These include carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde, cyanide, benzene, toluene and acrolein.

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