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Categories: People and Places, Health and Social Care, People, Housing and Households, Health of the Population, Drug use, Alcohol and Smoking, Lifestyles and Behaviours, Smoking Habits, Alcohol Consumption, Household Composition and Characteristics, Households by Size, Households by Social Class, One-person Households, Pensioner Households, Single Parent Households, Families, Families with Children, Family Composition, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Civil Partnerships, Cohabitations, Divorces, Marriages
Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: GB
Geographical breakdown: Region
Survey name(s): General Lifestyle Survey
One in five adults (aged 16+) in Great Britain were cigarette smokers in 2012. The rate of smoking in Great Britain has remained largely unchanged over the last five years.
Smoking rates varied by whether people were in employment or not. Unemployed people (not working but seeking work) were twice as likely to smoke as those either in employment or economically inactive (for example, students or retired people).
Over half of unemployed 25 to 34 year olds smoked (54%).
Pregnant women tend to give up smoking (during pregnancy); however, 7% of women continue to smoke when pregnant.
Men were more likely to smoke hand rolling tobacco than women.
An inter-departmental multi-purpose survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics collecting information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.