Chapter 5 Smoking
Adult self-reported current smokers
- 17% of adults smoked in 2019, the lowest level in the time series *
Men smoked a higher number of cigarettes per day on average than women in 2019.
- 13.1 mean number of cigarettes smoked per day by men
- 11.3 mean number of cigarettes smoked per day by women
Smoking prevalence in 2019 was highest among those aged 25 – 54 and lowest among those aged 75 and over.
* Although not significantly different from 2018 (19%) or 2017 (18%).
The proportion of non-smokers that reported being exposed to second-hand smoke in their own or another person's home has decreased over the years.
- 25% in 2003
- 14% in 2013
- 10% in 2019
The proportion of children exposed to secondhand smoke in their own home has stabilised at 6-7% in recent years.**
- 12% in 2012
- 6% in 2019
** Note that a ban on smoking in enclosed public places was introduced in Scotland in 2006.
E-cigarette use in 2019
- 20% of all adults had ever used e-cigarettes
- 13% had previously used e-cigarettes
- 7% were current e-cigarette users
Current e-cigarette use has remained stable since 2015.
- 5% in 2014
- 7% in 2019
There has been an overall decrease in the percentage of adults that have never used e-cigarettes.
- 85% in 2014
- 80% in 2019
The highest proportion of current e-cigarette users in 2019 was among those aged 35–44 and the lowest among those aged 75 and over.
Around one in five adults self-reported as a current cigarette smoker in 2018/2019, a figure which did not vary significantly when adjusted for cotinine levels for the same period.
- 19% current cigarette smoker
- 23%cotinine-adjusted levels
In 2018/2019, more than one in five non-smokers had a detectable level of cotinine in their saliva.
The proportion of non-smokers with detectable cotinine exposure decreased over time.***
- 85% in 2003
- 38% in 2008/2009
- 21% in 2018/2019
*** Note that a ban on smoking in enclosed public places was introduced in Scotland in 2006.
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