HC Deb 07 February 1994 vol 237 cc47-8W
Mr. Janner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of(a) men and (b) women in the United Kingdom aged (i) 15 to 20 years, (ii) 20 to 25 years, (iii) 25 to 30 years, (iv) 30 to 35 years, (v) 35 to 40 years, (vi) 40 to 45 years, (vii) 45 to 50 years, (viii) 50 to 55 years and (ix) 55 years and over smoke.

Mr. Sackville

The available information is shown in the table.

Cigarette smoking among adults aged 16 and over Great Britain 1992
Age Men Women
16–19 29 25
20–24 39 37
25–34 34 34
35–49 32 30
50–59 28 29
60 and over 21 19


(1) Data published in General Household Survey 1992—OPCS.

(2) Cigarette smokers are those respondents who affirmed that "they smoked cigarettes at all nowadays".

Information relating to Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Mr. Clifton-Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken to achieve the targets on smoking set out in "The Health of the Nation" White Paper; and if she will make a statement.

Dr. Mawhinney

We are publishing today "Smoke-Free for Health—An Action Plan to achieve the Health of the Nation targets on Smoking". Copies are available in the Library.

The action plan sets out the Government's comprehensive approach to reducing smoking, involving a range of inter-related measures, including action on price, health education, tackling parental influence and controls on tobacco advertising and promotion. As part of this wide-ranging programme, the Government will open negotiations with the tobacco industry to strengthen the existing voluntary agreement on tobacco advertising and promotion.