Wales written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wales who smoked in the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Murphy Paul Murphy The Secretary of State for Wales

The latest available statistics were published in "Smoking in Wales: Current Facts" published jointly by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Wales Centre for Health in November 2007.

Statistics show that in 2005-06, 25 per cent. of adults in Wales reported that they currently smoked, while regular smoking was reported by 19 per cent. of 15-year-old boys and 28 per cent. of 15-year-old girls in 2004.

However, in 2006-07, more than 12,000 people contacted smoking cessation services and the percentage of adults in Wales who smoke has fallen 15 per cent. over the last 30 years.

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