What is the average age young people start smoking?
Young people that start smoking often do so to act cool. This plays a big part mainly in early puberty. The average age young people begin smoking in the UK is therefore very low, namely around the age of 14 and 15. 3% of children between 11 and 15 years old smoke regularly, at least 1 cigarette a week. 18% of children between 11 and 15 years old have tried smoking. 40% of regular smokers has started before his or hers 16th birthday and 2/3 start before he or she turns 18 years old.
Who, on average, start smoking sooner, boys or girls?
Research shows that girls, on average, start smoking at an earlier age than boys.
Who smoke more, men or women?
Despite the fact that girls usually start smoking at a younger age than boys, Europe has more male than female smokers. In the UK 20% of the male population and 17% of the female population smoke. This means that there are around 9.6 million smokers in the UK.
Is the number of smokers in the UK decreasing?
The last few years the number of smokers in the UK has decreased. In 1974 about 51% of male and 41% of the female population smoked. This is partly due to the increasing knowledge considering the risks that smoking entails and the information provided. Approximately half of all smokesr will sooner or later die of the addiction.
How many smokers want to quit smoking?
Approximately 2/3 of all smokers want to stop smoking but only 30-40% of smokers in a given year actually make an effort to quit. If you want to quit smoking you can consult your doctor or local pharmacy. This increases the chances of success.