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Frequency of release: Ad-hoc
Geographical coverage: GB
Geographical breakdown: Region
Survey name(s): General Lifestyle Survey
Corrections have been made to this report, following the identification of an error which lead to the incorrect classification of a number of people as 'ex-smokers', when they should have been classified as 'never smoked'. The necessary corrections have been made to reference tables 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7. Figures 2 and 3 have also been corrected. These corrections were made at 15:30 on 10 June 2014.
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.
Smoking rates, average number of cigarettes smoked and smoking during pregnancy in Great Britain during 2012. This release, using data provided by the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), continues the series of releases on smoking; previously provided by the General Household Survey (GHS) and the General Lifestyle Survey (GLF).