Prevalence of smoking

Survey Data – Information relating to smoking rates is collected via the Integrated Household Survey (IHS). This is a composite survey combining questions asked in a number of official social surveys including the Labour Force Survey, Life Opportunities Survey, and General Lifestyles Survey. Each of these surveys include a common core set and then individual survey-specific questions.

Since 2010, the IHS data relating to smoking have been released at local authority level, although it should be noted that at a local level, the sample size from national surveys can be small and this acts to increase the volatility of the rates estimated. The graph shows the smoking prevalence of the local authorities in Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG (including the entirety of Horsham) from the IHS.

Source: PHE Fingertips

Source: PHE Fingertips



Number of Respondents to the IHS Survey (2010-2014)

AreaNumber of respondents to the IHS
20102011201220132014
Horsham427291302308265
Mid Sussex407370304274293
West Sussex2,4291,9861,7311,6921,602
South East36,30232,03530,33430,92229,677
England252,936210,671193,172195,772185,176
Source: IHS 2014 (PHE Fingertips)

Smoking among Routine and Manual Workers


There remains a considerable difference in smoking rates between socio-economic groups. The graph below shows the smoking prevalence among routine and manual workers at local authority level from the Integrated Household Survey. Data for other occupation types are not currently available at sub-national levels.

As the sample size at local authority level is small, figures are quite volatile. Note that Horsham local authority is jointly covered by Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG and Coastal West Sussex CCG.

Source: PHE Fingertips tool

Source: PHE Fingertips tool



Number of Respondents to the IHS Survey (2010-2014)

AreaNumber of respondents to the IHS
2011201220132014
Horsham53494543
Mid Sussex59544452
West Sussex360347321330
South East6,0185,9835,9895,649
England45,34543,40042,98741,042
Source: IHS 2014 (PHE Fingertips)


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Local Smoking Rates – Modelled Rates


In addition to information from national surveys, smoking rates have been modelled at a small area level incorporating assumptions on smoking rates with other local area-level characteristics. Note. Synthetic estimates at a small area level should be treated with caution; they provide an indication of lifestyle behaviours at a small area level.

The area level (MSOA) characteristics associated with an increased propensity for an adult to be a current smoker were areas with:

The map below shows information modelled at middle super output area (MSOA) level. data relate to the period 2006-2008 and for the 16+ population, not the 18+ population.

Source: Association of Public Health Observatories - Estimates of Adults' Health and Lifestyles 2006-2008

Source: Association of Public Health Observatories – Estimates of Adults’ Health and Lifestyles 2006-2008



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