Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2016

Cigarette smoking among adults including the proportion of people who smoke including demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and e-cigarettes. | Office for National Statistics

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Main points

  • In 2016, of all adult survey respondents in the UK, 15.8% smoked which equates to around 7.6 million in the population.
  • Of the constituent countries, 15.5% of adults in England smoked; for Wales, this figure was 16.9%; Scotland, 17.7% and Northern Ireland, 18.1%.
  • In the UK, 17.7% of men were current smokers which was significantly higher in comparison with 14.1% of women.
  • Those aged 18 to 24 in the UK experienced the largest decline in smoking prevalence of 6.5 percentage points since 2010.
  • Among current smokers in Great Britain, men smoked 12.0 cigarettes each day on average whereas women smoked 11.0 cigarettes each day on average; these are some of the lowest levels observed since 1974.
  • In Great Britain, 5.6% of respondents in 2016 stated they currently used an e-cigarette in 2016, which equates to approximately 2.9 million people in the population.

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Mouth cancer rates soar over 20 years

A new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68% in the UK over the last 20 years.

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The figures – released during Mouth Cancer Action Month – reveal the cancer is on the rise for men and women, young and old, climbing from eight to 13 cases per 100,000 people over the last two decades.

For men under 50, the rate has jumped by 67 per cent in the last 20 years – going up from around 340 cases to around 640 cases each year. For men aged 50 and over, rates have increased by 59 per cent climbing from around 2,100 cases to around 4,400 cases annually. Oral cancer is more common in men, but there have been similar increases women.

Read the full press release here

National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit 2016

The Healthcare Quality Improvement partnership (HQIP) has published National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit 2016.

This report aims to give an overall picture of the care provided to patients with oesophago-gastric cancer or oesophageal HGD by NHS services.

It provides information on:

  • The management of patients with HGD of the oesophagus
  • Routes to diagnosis for OG cancer patients, and their staging investigations
  • Treatment planning for OG cancer patients
  • Patterns of curative surgery, admissions to intensive care, and short-term outcomes
  • Use of radiotherapy in palliative treatment
  • Longer term survival after diagnosis with oesophago-gastric cancer.

Additional link: HQIP press release

NHS England struggling to meet cancer waiting list targets

More than 2,000 people waited more than two months to start treatment in May, new figures show | story via The Guardian

The NHS is under fire for leaving cancer patients facing stressful delays before starting treatment because hospitals cannot cope with the growing number of people suspected to have the disease.

New NHS figures show hospitals in England failed to ensure people with suspected breast cancer were seen by a specialist within 14 days and that enough cancer patients had their first treatment within 62 days of referral by their GP.

Hospitals are meant to treat 85% of those suspected to have cancer within 62 days of their GP referring them. But just 81.4% of such patients underwent their first treatment in May, according to the service’s latest monthly performance statistics, which showed the service had also breached a number of other key targets.

That was down from 82.8% the previous month and means the service has not met the target at all in 2016, which in turn has left more than 10,000 patients waiting longer than the NHS Constitution says they should. The NHS has only met the target once since January 2015.

Full story online via The Guardian

Statistics on Smoking, England – 2016

This statistical report presents a range of information on smoking which is drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England and covers topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs.

The topics covered include:

Part 1: Smoking patterns in adults

Part 2: Smoking patterns in children

Part 3: Availability and affordability of tobacco

Part 4: Behaviour and attitudes to smoking

Part 5: Smoking-related costs, ill health and mortality

Each part provides an overview of the key findings on these topics, as well as providing links to sources of further information and relevant documents.