This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Percentage of people who are current cigarette smokers aged 18 years and older
A measure of people who are current cigarette smokers in relation to all persons aged 18 years and older.
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Sex; Age; Country; Region; Socio-economic classification; Ethnicity; Country of birth
No calculations were performed because the data is readily available in the required format from the source.
Data for additional disaggregations are available in source 1, including data for smoking prevalence in English counties, smoking prevalence in English Clinical Commissioning Groups and Welsh Local Health Boards, smoking prevalence by economic activity, smoking prevalence by relationship status and smoking prevalence by highest educational attainment. Note that smoking prevalence by economic activity is only for ages 18 to 64.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in March 2020, the data collection mode for APS changed from mixed mode (face-to- face, telephone) to telephone only which impacted estimates of the proportion of adults who smoke cigarettes. For more information, see the Adult smoking habits in the UK methodology article.
Other sources of smoking data for the devolved administrations include the National Survey for Wales, the Scottish Health Survey and the Health Survey for England. Opinions and Lifestyle Survey data for Adult smoking habits in Great Britain is also available.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||06 April 2023|
|Metadata last updated||06 April 2023|