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Hickey, Paul and Evans, David S (2014) Smoking in Ireland 2013: synopsis of key patterns and trends. Dublin: Health Service Executive.

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The Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) initiated a smoking prevalence tracker survey (Smoking Tracker Survey) in July 2002. The survey was continued by the OTC until the Office was dissolved in 2010. At that stage many of the functions of the OTC transferred to the Health Service Executive who have continued the survey. The smoking prevalence tracker survey involves a monthly nationally representative telephone poll of 1000 people (randomly selected) aged 15 years and over

The smoking prevalence question in the survey is, “Do you smoke one or more cigarettes each week, whether packaged or roll your own?” The survey includes a range of sociodemographic characteristics that facilitate analysis by gender, age cohort, social socioeconomic group and region. The outputs from the smoking prevalence tracker survey provide a unique dataset for assessing trends in smoking prevalence in Ireland since 2002.

Basic information obtained from the survey has been published on the OTC and HSE websites over the years. To improve accessibility to the dataset this concise downloadable report is being published for the first time.

12 month prevalence.
The analysis of smoking patterns for 2013 established that:
• The overall prevalence of cigarette smoking in 2013 was 21.5%. This is similar to 2012 (21.7%) and is a reduction of 1.6%.on the 2010 figure of 23.1%.
• A higher percentage of men (22.9%) reported being smokers than women (20.2%).
• Smoking rates were highest among young adults (18-34 years), reaching 30.7% in the 18-24 year old age group. Prevalence was lowest among the 65+ age group at 9.7%.
• The highest cigarette smoking prevalence rates were in the lower socio economic groups (C2, 24.6%, DE, 25.9%) The lowest smoking rates (15.5% and 13%) were among farmers (F) and higher socio economic groups (AB).
• Smoking rates were lowest in Connaught/Ulster (21.1%), with marginally higher rates in Munster (21.3%) and Dublin (21.4%) and highest in Rest of Leinster at (22%).


Date:2014
Pages:32 p.
Publisher:Health Service Executive
Place of Publication:Dublin
ISBN:978-1-898098-62-1
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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