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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 24 September 2013) 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 2012 survey reported that:
The Scottish Household Survey (11/12 results published August 2013)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.
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.
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