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Smoking: Young People

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 18 years who smoked in the most recent year for which figures are available. (242727)

The information requested is not available in the exact format requested.

The latest information on the prevalence of smoking among adults aged 16 to 19 in Great Britain in 2006 is available from the “General Household Survey 2006: Smoking and drinking among adults, 2006”. This information can be found in Table 1.1 on page 15. This publication is already available in the Library.

The latest information available on the prevalence of smoking in England among adults aged 16 to 19 can be found in the “Statistics on Smoking: England, 2008” publication. The prevalence of smoking in 2006 in England can be found in table 2.1 on page 14. This publication has been placed in the Library.

The latest information available on the prevalence of smoking among children aged 11 to 15 can be found in the “Drug Use, Smoking and Drinking among Young People in England in 2007” publication. The prevalence of smoking in 2007 in England can be found in table 3.1 on page 116. Equivalent estimates of the number of regular smokers in 2007 among those aged 11 to 15 can be found on page 149, section 5.3. This publication has been placed in the Library.