British Statistics Bureau: The number of electronic cigarettes reached a record high, and the smoking rate dropped to less than 14%for the first time


According to the news of the new consumer report of the Blue Cave, according to the government data just released by the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS), the number of people in the UK has risen to the highest level since the record, and the number of British adults who smoke for many years for many years Come to be less than 14%for the first time.


The National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom released its annual report on British smoking, including data on the number of adults on electronic cigarettes.

In 2014, when the number of British cigarette users began, 3.7%of the population report used electronic cigarettes. By 2020, this proportion has risen to 6.4%, equivalent to about 3.3 million people.

The report also shows that the current number of adult smokers in the UK accounts for 13.8%of the total population, which is the lowest percentage of at least since 2015.

However, according to the monthly data of the National Bureau of Statistics, during the new crowns and the national blockade, the smoking rate rose sharply, reaching a peak of 16.3% in August, and then slowly decreased to 13.8% at the end of 2020.

John Dunn, the director of the British Electronic Cigarette Industry Association, believes that although the increase in smoking rate during the blockade period may be attributed to the increase in anxiety caused by the new crowns, I also need to point out the fact that the specialized e -cigarette store has not been awarded the basic retail. The status of status has to be closed, which is an important factor.

John Dunn continued: This is a very popular announcement, because all those who support the reduction of harm know that the harm of electronic cigarettes is much smaller than smoking -according to the data of the British Public Health Bureau of the previous health protection and supervision institution, Up to 95% -so more people suck electronic cigarettes and reduce smoking can only be celebrated.

The British National Bureau of Statistics’ smoking epidemic report emphasized that the number of former smokers using electronic cigarettes increased from 11.7% in 2019 to 12.3%. The harm caused — from 15.5% in 2019 to 17.8% in 2020.

John Dunn said: These numbers tell me that the powerful anti -electronic cigarette lobbying group tries to smear the electronic cigarettes to help people quit smoking, but it is not possible.

“On the other hand, electronic cigarette advocates have science and political willingness, and more and more healthcare departments support more use of electronic cigarettes to help smokers completely quit their habits. This momentum finally eliminates electronic electronics. The nonsense and error messages of tobacco make consumers confident to take key steps to transition from smoking and flammable tobacco. “

Important data of statistical reports:

Officials said that the popularity of coronary viruses has changed the way to collect data, which may be a factor that leads to seeing an unrealistic decline in the proportion of adult smoking in 2020 in the normal information sources of the annual source of information (APS). Therefore, you should treat these numbers with caution.

British, Scottish, Northern Ireland and Wales smoking data:

In the first quarter of 2020, 13.5% of adults smoking (equivalent to about 5.5 million adults), which was not significantly different from the estimation of 2019 (13.9%, about 5.7 million). In the 2nd to the fourth quarter of 2020, 12.1% of adults in England smoked (about 4.9 million).

Looking at other British countries, Scotland’s proportion of smokers in the first quarter of 2020 (16.0%, about 658,000 people) and the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2020 (14.0%, about 571,000 people) was the highest.

Northern Ireland’s current smoker in the first quarter of 2020 was the smallest, with 13.2%(about 181,000), and the proportion remained unchanged in the second to 4th quarter of 2020 (about 175,000 people).

In Wales, 15.3% of adults smoked in the first quarter of 2020 (about 364,000 people), and in the 2nd to 4th quarter of 2020, this number was 13.2% (about 316,000).


Since 2011, the smoking rate of all four countries in the UK has declined.

The characteristics of the current smokers in the UK

Men’s smoking rate continues to be high, and 15.5%(about 3.7 million) men in Britain said they smoked in the first quarter of 2020, and the smoking rate in the second to the fourth quarter of 2020 was 14.0%(about 3.3 million). Women (about 3 million) in the first quarter of 2020 and 10.7% of women (about 2.6 million) in the 2nd to 4th quarter of 2020.

From 2011 to 2020, the proportion of the current smokers in the British group.

Proportion of quit smoking:

The proportion of smokers who have quit smoking continues to rise. 64.0% of those who often smoke but are currently not smoking say they have quit smoking in 2020, which is increased from 62.5% in 2019, although this is not significant statistics.

Electronic cigarette use:

Before March 2020, the respondents were asked whether they are currently using electronic cigarettes or electronic cigarettes; therefore, even if people’s use frequency is “daily” or “occasionally”, they are classified as current users. In March 2020, the investigation question was changed to ask whether the interviewees were daily or temporary users. In order to compare the current users with previous years, we have summarized the data of daily users and occasional users. The issue of electronic cigarettes was proposed during June, July, and September.

British electronic cigarette popularity:

In 2020, 3.8% of the survey respondents said that they are currently using electronic cigarettes every day, and 2.6% of dolls use electronic cigarettes. This is equivalent to nearly 3.3 million electronic cigarette users in the British population. In 2020, the proportion of electronic cigarette users who have never sucked cigarettes is 1.2%.

This ratio is significantly higher than the proportion of data collection in 2014. At that time, only 3.7% were current e -cigarette users.


From 2014 to 2020, the current proportion of British e -cigarette users.

Compared with women (5.6%) in 2020, the proportion of men reported or occasionally used by electronic cigarettes (7.2%) every day or occasionally. Divided by age, the proportion of electronic cigarettes aged 25 to 34 is the highest (daily and occasional) 8.6%.