Smoking and inequalities

There exist many well-known inequalities in smoking prevalence. Survey data has shown that smoking prevalence varies between social groups. Males smoke more than females (15.8% versus 12.1%) and clear gradients are seen by socio-economic deprivation (ranging from 10.9% in the least deprived decile to 17.0% in the most deprived) and age (ranging from 18.9% for age 25-34 years to 7.4% for over 65 years).


Statistics on smoking, England, 2019 

Adult smoking habits in Great Britain, 2019

ASH - Smoking: health inequalities 

NCSCT Stop Smoking Services and Health Inequalities

Smoking prevalence by sex and deprivation decile (calculated by LSOA) 

Likelihood of smoking four times higher in England’s most deprived areas than least deprived :

                    - ONS article

                    - video shown in the Knowledge Zone at the PHE Annual Conference

Smoking, drinking and drug use among hard to reach children and young people; an evidence synthesis report 

Smoking prevalence in young adults aged 18 to 34 years

Indicators from the What about YOUth? survey - data previously in this tool can be found here