Taking action on smoking and health
Surveys vary in their methodology, sample size, and in the age ranges they cover, and their results may not be directly comparable.
The Scottish Health Survey (published 22 September 2015) offers the most robust statistical analysis of adult smoking rates in Scotland based on sample size. It is restricted to the age range 16-74. The 2014 survey reported that:
The Scottish Household Survey (2014 results published August 2015) aims to give early detection of national trends:
The ONS General Household Survey data gives a longer timescale for identifying trends, and allows for a comparison with overall smoking prevalence in Great Britain.Smoking prevalence amongst adults in the UK fell from 19.8% in 2012 to 18.7% in 2013. Scotland reported the highest proportion of current smokers in the UK at 21.1% and England had the lowest at 18.4%. The survey also found that smoking prevalence was substantially lower in females (16.5%) than in males (21.1%).
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.