Smoking: Young People

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated smoking prevalence rates were amongst (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16 to 19 and (c) 20 to 24 year-olds in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement on the trends.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

holding answer 14 July 2008

Smoking prevalence rates among 11 to 15, 16 to 19 and 20 to 24 year-olds in each year since 1998 are set out in the following table. There has been a decrease in prevalence of cigarette smoking among all three age groups since 1998, particularly among those aged 16 or over.

Prevalence of cigarette smoking by age band, England
Percentage
1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Age
11 to 15(1) 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 9
16 to 19(2) 31 30 28 25 25 26 25 20
20 to 24(2) 40 36 37 38 36 33 32 31
(1) Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England 2006, Information Centre for health and social care.

(2) General Household Survey 2006, Office for National Statistics.

Note:

Data are not available for 1999.

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