Wales Smoking Statistics
The latest figures for smoking and tobacco control in Wales.
- Latest statistics show 17% of adults currently smoke, this is an estimated 440,000 adults
- 45% of smokers tried to quit last year
- 6% adults use e-cigs, 76% use them to quit smoking
- 20% of adults from the most deprived areas of Wales smoke compared to 14% among the least deprived adults
- 29% non smokers reported being exposed to tobacco smoke indoors.
Smoking prevalence by local authority
68% of smokers reported that they would like to give up smoking
- Smoking rates in the most deprived areas of Wales stand at 20%, compared to 14% among the least deprived adults
- The ethnic groups with the highest rates of smokers are Afro Caribbean men at 37%, followed by Bangladeshi men at 36%
- Smoking rates among those with mental ill health stands at 36%, compared to 17% among the whole Welsh population
- 4% of adolescents reported that they smoke weekly or daily, indicating no change since 2013/14
- 9% of 15-16 years olds (Year 11) say they smoke at least weekly
- 38% tried a cigarette first at age 13 years or younger
- 40% of adult smokers started smoking regularly before the age of 16
- Children are over 70% more likely to start smoking if just one parent smoked
Smoking is the biggest cause of health inequalities, especially among those with mental ill health, lower socio-economic status and pregnant women
- 18% of women were recorded as being a smoker at their initial assessment.
- (16%) around one in six mothers, were recorded as being smokers at the time of birth in 2018.
- 45% of smokers in Wales have been offered illegal tobacco
- 52% of purchases took place at a private address
- 59% of those who buy purchase it at least once a month
- 45% of purchases took place in a pub or club
- £4 average price paid for a pack of 20 illegal cigarettes
- 70% of buyers strongly agree, it allows them to smoke when they can’t afford it
- 45% see it as an important issue affecting the local community
infections or disease among children
cases of sudden infant death syndrome
- Second-hand smoke exposure increases the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers by 20-30% and coronary heart disease by 25-35%
- In 2016/17, 44% of the most deprived communities were exposed to second-hand smoke indoors and outdoors , which compared to 30% of those in the least deprived communities.
- Smoking in the home has reduced from 80% to 46% and in other people’s homes from 36% to 20% since the 2007 smoking ban
- There were 10% less asthma-related hospital admissions among children just one year after smoking bans were introduced, rising to 17% three years after
Economic cost of smoking across Wales every year
The cost of smoking to the Welsh NHS specifically per year
Smoking cost to Welsh businesses specifically per year
- 20 a day = £72 a week, £327 a month, almost £4000 a year
- 28% of smokers – over 500,000 people – could be lifted out of poverty if they stopped smoking
- 7 million households which include a smoker are in poverty
- 65% of Welsh people, including 24% of smokers, support increasing tax on cigarettes and tobacco