Smoking rates in the UK hit record low

Anne Li                                                                                                March 12th, 2017


Smoking levels in the UK are the lowest since records began, according to new data(link is external) from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). In 2015, 17.2% of UK adults smoked, down from 20.1% who smoked in 2010. Of all adults who had previously smoked, 56.7% had quit – the highest proportion since 1974. On average smokers consume just over 11 cigarettes each day, also the lowest level since 1974. George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco policy manager, welcomed “the fantastic progress that’s been made in the UK over the last few decades”. However he cautioned that millions of people in the UK continue to smoke, and the progress that has been made in tobacco control hasn’t happened on its own. Cancer Research UK estimates that these figures mean there were 8,800,000 adult smokers in the UK in 2015.


See orginal article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/news-report/2017-03-08-smoking-rates-in-the-uk-hit-record-low

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