Smoking is on the decline - according to our Health Survey for England it fell from 29% in 1996 to 21% in 2011. It’s difficult to say whether this indicates that just over 1 in 4 smokers have quit in the last fifteen year or whether it’s a case of generational displacement; just 10% of 11-15 years olds are regularly lighting up - well exceeding the government target of 12% by 2015. Either way, it’s clear that things are moving in the right direction and public health policy in this area seems to be working.
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Health Survey for England, public health, smoking