North West UK Smoking facts and figures

North West UK Smoking facts and figures

  • One in five adults in the North West smokes
  • Two-thirds of smokers started before they were 18.
  • Smoking is highest among 25-34 age group, and lowest among the over 60s
  • Six out of ten smokers say they would find it hard to last a whole day without smoking
  • Seven out of ten smokers have their first cigarette of the day within an hour of waking up
  • Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking
  • Every year over a third of smokers try to stop
  • Almost nine out of ten of smokers agree that smoking should be banned in restaurants and other public places
  • If you’re in low paid work or on benefits you’re twice as likely to smoke as if you’re in a well-paid job or profession
  • People in low paid work or on benefits take longer and deeper drags on cigarettes than smokers in better paid jobs or professions
  • Social attitudes to smoking are increasingly linking it to negative assumptions about intelligence, work, and social status