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Smoking statistics

Smoking is becoming less widespread, but it remains a leading cause of death and disease in the UK.

NHS costs are estimated at £2.7 billion each year, with costs to the wider UK economy of around £2.5bn in sick leave and lost productivity.

Recent statistics suggest:

England flagEngland

  • Approximately 21% of adults smoke, including a slightly higher percentage of men than women
  • Over 81,400 deaths each year in those aged 35 years and over are caused by smoking – 18% of deaths in the age group
  • An estimated 461,700 hospital admissions for people aged 35 years and older were estimated to be attributable to smoking.


Northern Ireland

  • Around 24% of people smoke
  • Estimates suggest more than 2,300 people a year die from tobacco-related illness in Northern Ireland
  • Nearly 16,700 people are believed to be admitted to hospital for smoking-related illnesses each year.


Scotland flagScotland

  • Around 24% of people smoke in Scotland
  • Around 13,500 deaths – some 24% of all deaths in Scotland - are caused by smoking each year
  • Smoking-associated diseases costs the Scottish healthcare system an estimated £271m each year, according to calculations by the charity Action on Smoking on Health in Scotland.


Wales flagWales

  • Around 23% of people in Wales smoke
  • Approximately 5,600 premature deaths and nearly 27,700 hospital admissions a year are caused by smoking
  • Estimated smoking costs for NHS Wales are more than £380m a year, accounting for 7% of healthcare expenditure.


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