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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Indicator 3.a.1: Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older

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Percentage of population aged 18 and over who smoke cigarettes

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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 the UK in relation to all persons who are aged 18 years and older

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Prevalence of smoking among persons 18 years and over

Available disaggregations

Sex by age, country, region and ethnicity. Age by sex, country and region. Country by sex, age, region (England only), socio-economic classification, ethnicity (England only) and country of birth (England only).

Calculations

The prevalence is calculated by dividing the weighted number of self-reported smokers aged 18 and over by total number of respondents (with a valid smoking status) aged 18 and over, expressed as a percentage. These data have not been age-standardised and, therefore, variation between area values may be a result of differences in population structure.

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. 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.

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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

3.a.1 Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older

Target name

3.a 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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Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2011

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

02/07/2019

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

mortality@ons.gov.uk

Other information

The data reported in this release were produced in partnership with Public Health England using Annual Population Survey data