How many people use tobacco?
January 22, 2016

How many people use tobacco?

According to health insurer Aviva, almost a quarter of people in Ireland who filled out an online health check are smokers with 24 per cent of females smoking compared to 22 per cent of males.

The research shows that Irish smokers are consuming an average of 23 cigarettes every day, that’s 10 more than last year’s corresponding figures.

The habit is costing the Irish smoker approximately €293.25 each month and €3,519.00 per year, that is €1,500 more than last year.

Research also shows that women in Ireland are smoking double the amount of cigarettes compared to men, an average of 12 more than men.

In Dublin, 23 per cent of respondents said they smoked.

The figures were taken from nearly 19,000 people who filled out of the online forms atavivahealth.ie between 2008 and 2010.

Cigarette smoking has decreased among adults in the United States from about 42% of the population in 1965 to about 19% in 2011 (the latest year for which numbers are available).But it’s still the most common form of tobacco use in the US: about 43.8 million (or 1 in every 5) adults currently smoke cigarettes. About 22% of men and 17% of women were cigarette smokers in 2011. Education is linked to smoking rates, with lower smoking rates in groups with higher levels of education. More people smoke in the Midwest (22%) and South (21.0%), and fewer smoke in the West (15%).

The proportion of smokers in England dipped as low as 20.1 per cent in 2011, when the last yearly results from the survey were published, but never quite reached the 'psychologically significant' 20 per cent watermark.

Researchers plan to publish more figures at the end of this year.

Unless there is a highly unlikely U-turn in the current trend, they will show that less than a fifth of people in England now smoke.

Professor Robert West, from University College London, who co-heads the Smoking Toolkit Study, said: ‘2013 is going to be, almost without doubt, the first year for a hundred years where we're solidly below 20 per cent smoking prevalence in England. It's going to be a big year.

‘We are making progress. It's slow, and we'd like it to be quicker, but things are going in the right direction.’

The Smoking Toolkit Study tracks smoking habits in adults over the age of 16 every month and publishes the results online. Researchers conduct household surveys to collect information from around 1,800 people.

Currently, it shows that average smoking prevalence across England is 19.1 per cent, with a marked difference between populations at the top and the bottom of the socio-economic scale.

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