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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Smoking Report 2015

DescriptionThis report presents the smoking findings from the 2015 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 25, 2016


A National Statistics Publication for ScotlandNational Statistics logo

ISBN 978 1 78652 531 4 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 80908

This document is also available in pdf format (4 MB)


An errata was published on 16 November 2016 at the following pdf pages:

Page ii, 4 and 5
Text has been updated to read: There has been a further small decrease in smoking prevalence among 15 year old girls between 2013 and 2015.

Page 4 - Summary of key changes over time
Figure 2.1 has been updated.

Page 15 - Source of cigarettes
Text has been updated to read: Between 2013 and 2015 there was an increase in the proportion of 15 year olds who said they usually got their cigarettes from 'some other type of shop' (from 5% to 9%), or a garage (from 3% to 5%), but no statistically significant changes in relation to newsagents or supermarkets (Figure 3.3).

Page 20 - Number of brands mentioned/known
Text has been updated to read: There were very few gender differences.

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect these changes.


Executive Summary


1 Introduction and background

Survey background and purpose
Policy background
Changes to the questionnaire

2 Prevalence and key trends

Summary of key changes over time
Smoking prevalence
Number of cigarettes smoked in the last week
Length of time smoked
Age first smoked
Perceived ease of giving up
Wanting to give up smoking
Trying to give up smoking
E-cigarette use

3 Availability and awareness of tobacco

Source of cigarettes
Attempts to purchase
Perceived cost of cigarettes
Number of brands mentioned/known

4 Attitudes to smoking

Whether it's 'ok' to try smoking
Views on smoking and its effects

5 Family and home environment

Family attitudes to smoking
Allowed to smoke at home
Exposure to secondhand smoke
Parental and sibling smoking
Friends smoking

6 Smoking education and support

Whether received lessons in the last 12 months
School advice and support about smoking
How much learned about the health risks of cigarettes and the influence of friends
Confidence in future health and wellbeing choices

7 Risk and protective factors

Friends and leisure activities

Appendix A: Smoking questions changes

Appendix B: Base Tables

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