Since the late 1990s smoking among 11-15 year olds has been steadily falling after two decades of little change. Children are more likely to smoke if their parents smoke and parental attitude to smoking is also an important factor. September 2019.
Higher smoking rates remain the single largest cause of the estimated 10-20 year reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions. August 2019.
This fact sheet includes statistics on tobacco consumption and smoking-related illness and death. November 2018.
A comprehensive look at why and how nicotine is so addictive. This fact sheet examines the mental and physical aspects of nicotine addiction. August 2018.
Smoking causes 16 different types of cancer and is the single biggest avoidable risk factor.
The costs of smoking to the economy include the expense of treating diseases caused by smoking as well as reduced productivity and environmental costs. March 2017.
British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco, the world’s second and fourth largest tobacco companies (excluding the Chinese state tobacco monopoly) are based in the UK. January 2017.
Cigarette smoking can affect fertility in both women and men, sexual function in men, pregnant women’s health, the health of an unborn child, and the health of young children. December 2016.
Levels of secondhand smoke in cars can be extremely high due to the restricted space in which the smoke is circulated. August 2018.
This fact sheet summarises tobacco control policy formulated by the European Union. August 2016.
Exposure to tobacco smoke via both active and passive smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing meningococcal disease. July 2016.