Just under 1 in 5 (19%) of adults in Great Britain now smoke: 20% of men and 17% of women. This means there are about 9.6 million adult smokers in Great Britain. Smoking rates have more than halved since 1974 when 51% of men and 41% of women smoked. Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25-34 age group (24%) and lowest amongst those aged 60 and over (11%). More than half (59%) of all adults report that they have never smoked. Smoking rates are much higher among poorer people. In 2014, 13% of adults in managerial and professional occupations smoked compared with 30% in routine and manual occupations.
Quitting smoking:- Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking but only about 30%-40% make a quit attempt in a given year.
Government revenue and expenditure:- In 2014-15 the Government received £9.5 billion in revenue from tobacco tax (excluding VAT). In 2012-13 the Government spent £87.7m on services to help people stop smoking and a further £58.1m on stop smoking medication.
Tobacco smoke:- Contains over 7,000 chemical compounds, present as either gases or as tiny particles. These include carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde, cyanide, benzene, toluene and acrolein.
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