National No Smoking Day.
Is the UK kicking butts?

We’ve collected data from over 15,000 Healthcheck1 users across the UK to find out the state of smoking. Who lights up too much and who’s quitting? How young or old are our smokers? How much are people spending on cigarettes?

North East England has the highest percentage of smokers.
Yorkshire and Wales are not far behind.
Smokers in the East Midlands spend £2,889 a year per person.
And smokers in London spend the least.
Older means wiser.
44% of smokers aged over 61 have managed to quit.
Over 1 in 4 people in this age group smoke.
At 60%, Northern Ireland has the highest percentage of people who have never smoked.
At 52%, North East England has the lowest percentage.


It’s the kind of maths that helps you understand the financial consequences of smoking. For example, if you smoke 10 cigarettes a day for 1 year, you'll spend over £2,000.

Use the sliders to calculate how much of your money is going up in smoke.

Note: We have calculated the average cost of each cigarette to be £0.57

*This would be your spend if you smoked this many cigarettes per day, for this number of years at the current cost of £0.57 per cigarette

**This represents the approximate amount of tar passed through your lungs

We’re here to help you kick butt

There are so many great reasons to quit smoking. It’s good for your health, your family and your savings. So if you want to quit but aren’t sure about where to start, join NHS Smokefree for free, proven support. Go on, take your first step towards a smokefree life.

The stats on smoking were collected using Healthcheck

Healthcheck is a part of our Babylon app. Designed by our healthcare experts and powered by our cutting-edge AI, Healthcheck puts your health in your hands.

Just answer a few questions about your lifestyle and family history to create your health report and get practical insights on how to stay healthy. You get to build your Digital Twin and explore your body from the inside out.


1. Healthcheck stats have been taken from October 2018 - February 2019. Please note that our 15k Healthcheck respondents may not accurately represent the general UK population demographic.

Note: The Healthcheck data we’ve used is aggregated and anonymised.