House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson in the Lords (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Cap Reform), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of the United Kingdom population they expect to be regular tobacco smokers in 2010, as compared with 2007.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The latest data on smoking prevalence are from 2006, showing that 22 per cent of persons aged 16 and over in both Great Britain and England smoke. These data were published in General Household Survey 2006: Smoking and Drinking Among Adults by the Office for National Statistics, Copies of the publication have already been placed in the Library.

In Agreement 18 of the Public Service Agreement Delivery, the department has a target to reduce adult smoking rates to 21 per cent or less by 2010. At the current trajectory, the department expects that this target will be achieved.

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