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Men smoke less and less, and the number of women increases slightly
The number of people who smoke has decreased significantly in recent years. This certainly has to do with many different factors, such as the smoking ban in restaurants and pubs or increased tobacco taxes. The massive decline is particularly evident in men. Now only one in five men in the UK smoke, according to official statistics.
Fewer and fewer people smoke cigarettes. The number of smokers has dropped dramatically, especially among men. Smoking is no longer accepted in today's society, as it was in the 1970s. British scientists have now found that only one in five men smoke. This comes from the latest figures from the "Office of National Statistics" (ONS).
Only every fifth British man smokes
Are you one of those people who still smoke cigarettes? Then you are more of an exception. Today the number of male smokers has declined sharply. This is due, for example, to the ban on smoking in public restaurants and growing health awareness. British scientists have now found that only every fifth British man smokes cigarettes. In 1970, almost half of the male population still smoked, the researchers say. Smoking peaked in 1974. At that time, around 46 percent of all male British smoked.
19 percent of men and 17 percent of women smoked in 2014
The current report examined smokers who were at least 16 years old. He also looked at e-cigarette consumption in 2015. The numbers showed that only 19 percent of adult men smoked in 2014. This was the same percentage as in 2013, the experts explain. The prevalence of smoking among women was 17 percent in 2014. In 1974, the peak was still 41 percent. But there was currently a slight increase compared to 2013, the scientists say. People aged 25 to 34 smoked most often, but they smoked the least number of cigarettes a day. These smokers consumed about 9.6 cigarettes a day. Medicines explain that people who were 50 years or older smoked 13.4 cigarettes a day. A sustained socio-economic gap can be seen among people who smoke. Almost one in four (23 percent) people with an income below £ 10,000 smoke. For people with an annual income of £ 40,000 or more, the number of smokers was only eleven percent, the doctors say. Around four percent of all hospitalizations in England in 2013/14 were for people aged 35 or older and were due to smoking, the experts explain.
Many smokers try to quit normal smoking with e-cigarettes
There are an estimated 2.2 million current e-cigarette users in the UK, the scientists say. That corresponds to about four percent of the population. Women use such products a little more often than men. The numbers also show that three out of four former e-cigarette users smoke cigarettes. More than half (53 percent) of e-cigarette users want to quit smoking through e-cigarettes, the doctors explain. And most e-cigarette smokers (76 percent) believe that e-cigarette vapor has no impact on the health of non-smokers.
Comprehensive tobacco control policies and media campaigns required
The current slowing decline in the smoking rate is worrying, quoted The Telegraph newspaper Deborah Arnott, head of the ASH health organization. If we want to continue reducing the number of people who smoke, we need a comprehensive tobacco control policy and media campaigns. In addition, smokers who plan to quit smoking should be supported, said Arnott. We are asking the government to publish a new anti-tobacco strategy as soon as possible, the expert added to "The Telegraph". The data on e-cigarette users are encouraging. The numbers would show that most people use e-cigarettes to quit normal smoking. E-cigarettes are far safer than tobacco products. Its use as an aid to quitting significantly reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer caused by cigarettes, quotes "The Telegraph" the expert. (as)