Dramatic Reduction in Smoking Rates in Wales

The percentage of adults smoking in Wales is at a record low, a new comprehensive survey of the nation’s health published has revealed.

The Welsh Health Survey 2015 shows 19% of adults reported they currently smoke, down from 26% in 2003/4. This significant reduction means the Welsh Labour Government has already exceeded its aim of reducing smoking rates to 20% by 2016 and is well on track to achieve its ambitious target to reduce levels to 16% by 2020.

However, the results show that many people in Wales continue to eat and drink too much, and are not getting enough exercise.

A total of 13,700 adults and 2,600 children took part in the Welsh Health Survey 2015. Other key results show that:

  • 40% of adults reported drinking above the recommended guidelines on at least one day in the past week, down from 45% in 2008, including 24% who reported binge drinking.
  • Around 31% of adults reported being physically active on five or more days in the previous week.
  • 17% of adults reported that they had talked to a GP about their own health in the past two weeks, while 70% of adults reported attending a dentist in the past 12 months.
  • 94% of children reported having very good or good general health. 

The latest Health Survey can be found here.

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