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Scottish Health Survey - topic report: equality groups

Topic report in the Scottish Health Survey series providing breakdowns of key health behaviours and outcomes by gender, age, ethnic group, religion, disability and sexual orientation.

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Table 5.3 Mean age started smoking (age-standardised1), by equality group

Aged 16 and over 2008-2011 combined
Equality Group Mean age Lower Confidence Limit Upper Confidence Limit Unweighted Bases Weighted Bases
% % %
Sex
Male 17.2 16.9 17.6 6542 6661
Female 17.8 17.5 18.0 7415 6570
Age
16-24 17.1 15.9 18.2 781 1063
25-34 17.0 16.5 17.5 1732 1981
35-44 17.0 16.7 17.3 2254 2306
45-54 17.3 17.0 17.6 2562 2507
55-64 17.3 17.1 17.6 2705 2350
65-74 18.0 17.8 18.3 2331 1756
75+ 19.5 19.0 20.0 1592 1268
Sexual Orientation
Bisexual 15.9 14.8 16.9 107 103
Gay or Lesbian 18.1 15.7 20.6 102 91
Heterosexual 17.5 17.3 17.8 11604 11077
Other 16.2 15.5 17.0 145 135
Prefer not to answer 17.5 16.6 18.5 396 335
Disability
Limiting LI 17.5 16.8 18.2 5078 4458
Non-limiting LI 17.4 16.9 17.9 2176 2040
No LI 17.6 17.4 17.9 6702 6732
Religion
None 17.3 17.0 17.6 5774 5650
Church of Scotland 17.4 17.0 17.7 4728 4222
Roman Catholic 17.4 17.1 17.7 2023 2124
Other Christian 18.8 16.6 21.0 1149 943
Muslim [18.7] [16.7] [20.7] 46 60
Buddhist * * * 20 12
Hindu * * * 12 17
Other2 17.0 15.8 18.2 174 154
Ethnic Group
White, British 17.4 17.2 17.7 13267 12471
White, Irish 17.9 16.9 18.8 103 109
White, Other 19.3 18.3 20.4 375 389
Mixed [16.8] [15.7] [18.0] 37 39
Asian, Indian [18.4] [15.9] [21.0] 31 40
Asian, Pakistani [17.0] [16.0] [18.1] 33 41
Asian, Chinese * * * 9 6
Asian, Other * * * 24 22
African, Caribbean or Black * * * 18 17
Other [17.0] [15.5] [18.5] 42 47
All Adults 17.5 17.3 17.7 13957 13231

1 Analyses are age-standardised for all equality groups except age.
2 Other religion includes Sikh, Jewish and Pagan.

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