United Kingdom

United Kingdom - country profile

Cigarettes in United Kingdom

The latest figure for the prevalence of current smokers in the UK, 14.7% overall (2018), represents a significant reduction in the proportion of current smokers since 2011 (when prevalence was 20.2%). Since 2011, the largest fall in smoking prevalence has been among 18 to 24 year-olds. During the same period, men's smoking prevalence decreased from 22.4% to 16.5%; and women's from 18.2% to 13%. Smoking data for the UK are taken from the Annual Population Survey (APS), a continuous household survey that covers adults aged 18 years and above. The survey uses a large sample of around 320,000 households each year.

Tobacco smoking prevalence

Number of current smokers:
7,200,000
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Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence:
14.7%
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Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (female):
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (male):
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Office for National Statistics (2019) Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2018 available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2018
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Office for National Statistics. (2019). Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2018. ONS Statistical Bulletin, 1–16.

Smoking-related mortality

Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
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The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in United Kingdom

The UK abides by the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014), despite having left the EU. E-cigarettes are regulated under the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (SI 2016 no. 507). This covers all of the UK, however the devolved nations may choose to apply greater restrictions. Manufacturers must provide detailed information regarding all new e-cigarette products to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Advertising is allowed on billboards and point of sale but not on TV and radio. Legally, there are no restrictions on where you can vape, but companies, public transport and public buildings implement their own restrictions. E-cigarettes are subject to a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT); however, if they are regulated as medicines, a 5% tax is levied instead. No 'medicinal' products are currently available.

Prevalence

Number of current vapers:
3,600,000
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Adult current e-cigarette vaping prevalence:
7.1%
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Ever tried e-cigarette vaping:
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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). (2019). Use of e-cigarettes (vaporisers) among adults in Great Britain. 2019 (September), 1–15.
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European Commission (2017). Special Eurobarometer 458: Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes Available at: http://data.europa.eu/euodp/en/data/dataset/S2146_87_1_458_ENG
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Eurobarometer data provides a representative sample of ~28,000 respondents and estimates the prevalence of vaping for the EU overall, as well as per country. The survey was conducted in March 2017. Covers 28 European Union (EU) countries. Total sample N = 27901, aged 15 and over. Survey includes an estimate for United Kingdom which is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Product promotion

Health claims allowed:
No
Advertising is regulated:
Yes
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Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
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Regulated as consumer product:
Yes
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Regulated as medicinal product:
Yes
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Regulated as tobacco product:
Yes
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Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Availability

Legal to buy device online - personal use:
Yes
Legal to buy nicotine online - personal use:
Yes
Legal to import device - trade:
Yes
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
Yes
Legal to sell device:
Yes
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Regulations and restrictions

Notifications of new products required:
Yes
Child and tamperproof containers required:
Yes
Health warning on packaging required:
Yes
Minimum age restrictions on sales:
Restrictions on flavour range:
No
Restrictions on nicotine content:
Yes
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
No
Restrictions on tank size:
Yes

Snus in United Kingdom

There are no comments specific to snus in United Kingdom in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
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Tobacco Tactics website available at: http://tobaccotactics.org/index.php/Snus:_EU_Ban_on_Snus_Sales

Availability

Legal to import product for trade:
No
Legal to import product for personal use:
Yes
Legal to buy product online:
No
Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in United Kingdom

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in United Kingdom in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
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Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
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Availability

Products are marketed:
Yes
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Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
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IQOS

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in United Kingdom

There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in United Kingdom in the database.

Product promotion

Market size:
165.40 million €
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Market size per smoker:
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Consumer Health: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics. Date Exported: 8/9/2019. (c) Euromonitor International 2019

Availability

Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Products are marketed:
Yes
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Place available:
General store
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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).