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 the UK in relation to all persons who are aged 18 years and older
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Prevalence of smoking among persons 18 years and over
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).
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.
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.
|Data last updated||2019-09-09: see changes on GitHub opens in a new window|
|Metadata last updated||2019-10-31: see changes on GitHub opens in a new window|