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a no smoking signJune 22 2018

A downward trend in the proportion of adults smoking has stalled at 19%, the annual National Survey of Wales has revealed. The Welsh Government’s target for smoking prevalence is 16% by 2020.

Based on responses from more than 11,000 randomly selected adults for face-to-face interviews, the latest survey figures for 2017-18 indicate;

  • smoking was more common for men, for those in materially deprived households, and less common among people aged over 75;
  • 7% of people used e-cigarettes;
  • 18% of adults drink more than the weekly guideline amount, with an average weekly consumption above 14 units;
  • 23% ate at least the guideline amount of five portions of fruit or vegetables the previous day;
  • 53% met the guideline amount of 150 minutes’ activity in the previous week;
  • 34% were inactive (active less than 30 minutes the previous week);
  • 60% were overweight or obese; 22% were obese;
  • 66% of men and 54% of women were overweight or obese;
  • 70% of adults said they are in good or very good health, a decrease from 72% in 2016-17.

Commenting on the smoking levels, Public Health Wales’ Lead for Tobacco Control, Consultant in Public Health, Ashley Gould, said: “Whilst we are disappointed that the prevalence of smoking in Wales hasn’t continued the downward trend of recent years, this is somewhat as expected. 

“The survey data confirms how difficult it is to decrease the numbers of people who smoke. It also underlines the need for the improvements we have been making, and continue to make, to help people to choose a smoke free future.  

“Working with our partners, there is a clear focus on helping children and young people to never start smoking, and supporting more smokers to quit, to reduce ill health and significant NHS costs.”

Links:
Public Health Wales announcement      
Welsh Government National Survey for Wales   
Statistics for Wales / Welsh Government. ‘National Survey for Wales: Headline results, April 2017 – March 2018’.             

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