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Smoking

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of women aged under 30 years who are smokers; what the figure was (a) five years and (b) 10 years ago; and if she will make a statement. (80196)

The information is not available in the format requested. However, data on the most recently available estimates of the prevalence of smoking among women in 2004, 1998 and 1994 in each of the age groups 16 to 19, 20 to 24 and 25 to 34 is shown in the table. The figures demonstrate the success of the tobacco control policies the Department has introduced since the White Paper “Smoking Kills” was published in 1998.

Prevalence of smoking among women by selected age group, Great Britain 1994, 1998 and 2004

Percentage

Unweighted

Weighted

Weighted based

Unweighted

Age

1994

1998

2004

2004 (thousand)

Sample 2004

16-19

27

31

25

1,084

367

20-24

38

39

29

1,665

542

25-34

30

33

28

3,563

1,291

Note: 1998 weighted equivalents are: 16 to 19 (32 per cent.); 20 to 24 (39 per cent.); 25 to 34 (33 per cent.) Source: General Household Survey 2004, Office for National Statistics.