Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland smoking statistics factsheet The Information Service has compiled a collection of smoking statistics for quick reference, particularly those most relevant to Scotland but also including UK and Worldwide figures for comparison. The document can be downloaded below, and will be updated every quarter. Also see menu links to the right hand side.
For local tobacco control profiles use the Scottish Public Health Observatory's online profile tool (OPT) - select profile product from dropdown list: www.scotpho.org.uk/comparative-health/profiles/online-profiles-tool - the OPT allows users to view the various different profiles produced by the ScotPHO collaboration. The profiles highlight the considerable variation in health between areas and help identify priorities for health improvement. They are designed to give a snapshot overview of health for each area using spine charts (which show how the area compares to another area (the default is the Scottish average)), and allow further understanding of the results via rank charts and trend charts.
Smoking attributable deaths in persons aged 35 and over, 2-year average number and directly age-sex standardised rate per 100,000 population.
2-year average number
2-year average age-sex standardised rate (easr)
2013 - 2014
The previous estimates of smoking attributable deaths published in the ScotPHO Smoking Ready Reckoner report and ScotPHO tobacco profiles were calculated using the Peto method. This is based on the ratio of lung cancer mortality rates in current smokers compared with never smokers in the United States. Full details of the method are given in Smoking Ready Reckoner.
The new ScotPHO tobacco profiles estimates use the methodology employed in the Health Profile of England (HPE). Full details of the methodology can be found in the ScotPHO tobacco profiles technical report.
This revised method is based on three pieces of information:
1. Estimates of smoking prevalence for both smokers and ex-smokers by gender and age;
2. Published relative risks for deaths and non-fatal diseases for both smokers and ex-smokers for diseases known to be due to smoking;
3. Observed numbers of deaths caused by diseases due to smoking.
Compared to the Peto method the new method produces a lower estimate of the number of smoking attributable deaths, but the figures derived from the two methods are not directly comparable. The new methodology is thought to be more accurate in providing estimates of smoking attributable deaths. This method has the additional benefit that figures are directly comparable to those reported by Public Health England.
Adult smoking rates in Scotland have remained consistently higher than in England and Wales. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, the number of people smoking cigarettes fell sharply but this decline levelled out during the 1990s. Smoking rates among teenagers and young adults are also of concern for health professionals and policy makers, and national targets have been set relating to these.
In 2013-14, for the sixth year in a row, the most common source of ignition for accidental dwelling fires in which a fatality occurred was 'smokers' materials and matches', accounting for 14 of the total 24 fatal casualties (58 per cent) in accidental dwelling fires
Source: Scottish Government. Fire and Rescue statistics 2013-2014. 16 December 2014. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/stats/bulletins/01128 [accessed 19 October 2015}
The figures above reveal some of the costs associated with long term tobacco use - some of them economic costs but mainly the toll on human lives of tobacco related disease and early death.
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