Percentage of people who are current cigarette smokers aged 18 years and older


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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

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.

Indicator available

Percentage of people who are current cigarette smokers aged 18 years and older

Indicator description

A measure of people who are current cigarette smokers in relation to all persons aged 18 years and older.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Available disaggregations
Other information

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.

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 24 June 2022
Metadata last updated 02 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older

Target name

Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organization (WHO), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


Link to data source Adult Smoking Habits in the United Kingdom opens in a new window
Release date 07 July 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

This data is calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). See the ‘Adult Smoking Habits in the UK, 2019’ report for further details.