Smoking In Young People


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Statistics on young people's smoking in England in 2008

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Smoking In Young People

  1. 1. Smoking in Young People in England in 2008: Selected statistics from the Information Centre’s annual report
  2. 2. Fewer are Smoking <ul><li>Increasing numbers of young people say they have never smoked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the start of the decade 55% said they had never smoked, that had risen to 68% last year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boys (69%) are more likely never to have smoked than girls (67%) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fewer young people are regular smokers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the start of the decade 10% were smoking at least once a week, this had fallen to 6% in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls (8%) are more likely to be regular smokers than boys (5%) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Never Smoked by Year and Sex
  4. 4. Regular Smokers by Year and Sex
  5. 5. The proportion of non-smokers falls with age
  6. 6. Family Attitudes <ul><li>Parents and carers are perceived by young people to be actively hostile to smoking. </li></ul><ul><li>As young people grow up they increasingly expect their parents to reason with them. </li></ul><ul><li>Living with smokers makes it less likely young people perceive their families would disapprove of them smoking. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular smokers (36%) were less likely to be secret smokers than those that smoke occasionally (65%). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Family attitudes to smoking by year
  8. 8. Family attitude to smoking by age
  9. 9. Family attitude towards smoking, by number of smokers pupil lives with
  10. 10. Pupils are finding it increasingly difficult to buy cigarettes from shops
  11. 11. Pupils are increasingly being refused cigarettes by shops
  12. 12. Attitudes <ul><li>Young people decreasingly see smoking as acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Regular smokers are more likely to over-estimate rates of smoking amongst their peers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Pupils are increasingly intolerant of smoking
  14. 14. All at it?
  15. 15. Information about smoking <ul><li>Recall of lessons about smoking has remained stable in recent years. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents (72%) and teachers (69%) are seen as the most important sources of helpful information about smoking. </li></ul><ul><li>TV is seen as an important source of information about smoking by 75%. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls (64%) are more likely than boys to see newspapers and magazines as important than boys (51%) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Remembered lessons on smoking
  17. 17. Sources of helpful information about smoking, by sex
  18. 18. Sources of helpful information about smoking, by sex
  19. 19. Risk factors <ul><li>Young people who have used drugs in the last year are 10 times as likely to be regular smokers </li></ul><ul><li>Young people living with a smoker in the household were twice as likely to be regular smokers themselves, and this increases where there are additional smokers in the household </li></ul><ul><li>Young people who have been excluded or who have truanted are more that twice as likely to be regular smokers. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Estimated odds ratios for regular smoking, by individual and school-level measures
  21. 21. <ul><li>Smoking drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2008 can be downloaded from the Information Centre’s website at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>