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Smoking Profile 2020

27 February 2020

The Smoking Profile report for 2020 has been published today by Statistics Jersey.

This publication constitutes the latest collection of smoking related statistics for Jersey, and reports on the cigarette smoking habits among adults and children together with the subsequent effect on Islanders’ health and wellbeing. 

The report includes breakdowns and changes over time with topics including smoking by adults, including prevalence; comparison of smoking in Jersey and the UK; e-cigarettes; smoking by children and young adults; quitting smoking and the smoking cessation service; smoking related mortality; smoking related ill health, including hospital admissions; importation of tobacco and smoking indicators compared with England.

The report findings include:
  • one in seven (15%) adults (aged 16 and over) in Jersey reported being smokers of tobacco products in 2019, a decline of 10 percentage points since 2005, when one in four (25%) adults were smokers
  • the prevalence of current (daily or occasional) smokers (aged 18 and over) in Jersey (15%) was similar to that in the UK (15%)
  • around one in six (17%) of all babies born in Jersey in 2019 were living in a household where they may have been exposed to tobacco smoke by an adult
  • in 2019, 7% of adults said they currently (at least sometimes) use an e-cigarette 
  • in 2018, one in three Year 10 pupils (33%) reported that they had tried smoking at least once
  • e-cigarettes were used by around one in twenty (6%) of secondary school pupils (Years 8, 10 and 12)
  • in 2018, more than half (57%) of smokers aged 16 and above reported having wanted to quit smoking in the past year
  • around 440 people successfully quit through the Help2Quit smoking cessation service in 2019, representing a quit rate of 50%, and a similar rate to that recorded in each of the previous five years
  • 120 deaths were estimated to be attributable to smoking in 2018, representing 15% of all deaths in Jersey in that year and for a third (34%) of deaths by conditions that can be caused by smoking
  • 890 hospital admissions were estimated to be attributable to smoking in 2018, representing 3% of all hospital admissions in Jersey and for 30% of hospital admissions due to conditions that can be caused by smoking
  • the quantity of tobacco imported into Jersey has reduced by more than half (56%) over the period 2006-2019

Jersey Smoking Profile 2020

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