Despite falling numbers, Britain still has 7.6 million cigarette smokers

2017-06-15 22:05:15 GMT2017-06-16 06:05:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Almost 3 million people in Britainused e-cigarettes in the past year, a report from the Office forNational Statistics (ONS) showed Thursday.

ONS has charted the smoking habits of British people and foundthe number using cigarettes fell from 17.2 percent of the adultpopulation in 2015 to 15.8 percent in 2016, a fall of almost oneand a half percent.

In 2010 more than one-in-five people in Britain smokedcigarettes, with a quarter of adults in Scotland saying they weresmokers.

It means that in 2016 around 7.6 million men and women inBritain smoked cigarettes.

The study also showed that young adults aged 18 to 24 haveexperienced the biggest decline in cigarette smoking, falling 6.5percent since 2010.

Northern Ireland remains the region with the highest number ofsmokers, accounting for 18.1 percent of the adult population,. InScotland it is 17.7 percent and in Wales 16.9 percent, with Englandhaving the lowest number of smokers, at 15.5 percent of adults.

More people in Scotland and Wales have quit smoking in the pastyear than any other region of Britain, ONS added. There are stillmore men smokers, 17.7 percent of the male population, compared to14.1 percent of women who smoke.

The 2.9 million people who used e-cigarettes in 2016 represents5.6 percent of the adult population, said ONS. Those aged 16 to 24,were more likely to have tried e-cigarettes, compared to older agegroups.

According to health officials in Britain, smoking is a leadingcause of preventable death, with 79,000 deaths in England in 2015linked to cigarettes. Public Health England also say in the pastyear an estimated 474,000 hospital admissions were linked toillnesses caused by cigarette smoking. Enditem