Smokers in England light up 1.5bn fewer cigarettes a year

Average consumption down nearly a quarter since 2011, researchers find

Nearly 1.5bn fewer cigarettes have been smoked each year in England since 2011, research has found.

A study, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Jama Network Open, found average cigarette consumption fell by nearly a quarter between 2011 and 2018, with approximately 118m fewer cigarettes smoked each month.

The team at University College London (UCL) examined cigarette sales data as well as the monthly self-reported cigarette use from more than 135,000 people in the Smoking Toolkit Study.

The study found the number of self-reported cigarettes smoked monthly declined by 24.4%, backed up by sales data showing a 24.1% decrease on average over the seven-year period.

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