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Pattern of smoking in Hong Kong

Prevalence of current smokers (aged 15 and over) (%)

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Current smokers

Daily cigarette smokers 1

23.3

19.9

18.7

17.4

16.8

15.7

Ex-daily cigarette smokers 2

#

#

3.7

3.2

3.2

2.3

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Current smokers

Daily cigarette smokers 1

14.9

14.8

15.0

12.4

14.4

14.0

Ex-daily cigarette smokers 2

2.9

4.8

3.8

3.8

2.7

4.5

 

 

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Daily cigarette smokers 1

11.8

11.1 

10.7

10.5

10.0

 

Ex-daily cigarette smokers 2

5.1

4.8 

5.8

5.6

4.5

 

 

  1. "Daily cigarette smokers" referred to those persons who at the time of enumeration had a daily cigarette smoking habit (although they might not smoke on certain days because of illness or other reasons)
  2. "Ex-daily cigarette smokers" referred to those persons who previously had a daily cigarette smoking habit for a continuous period of six months or more but had given it up at the time of enumeration
# Data not available

Prevalence of daily cigarette smokers by gender (aged 15 and over) (%)

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Gender

Male

39.7

34.4

32.8

30.6

30.0

28.5

Female

5.6

4.8

4.1

3.8

2.9

2.6

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Gender

Male

27.2

26.7

27.1

22.0

26.1

24.5

Female

2.7

3.1

2.9

3.5

3.6

4.0

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Gender

Male

20.5

19.9

19.1

18.6

18.1

 

Female

3.6

3.0

3.1

3.2

2.7

 


Prevalence of daily cigarette smokers by age (%)

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Age

15-19

4.2

3.4

2.3

4.0

3.4

4.6

20-29

17.5

14.1

14.1

13.2

12.1

12.8

30-39

25.9

21.5

19.4

18.4

19.6

16.3

40-49

32.8

26.9

24.3

22.1

21.2

20.8

50-59

35.4

31.2

29.2

25.5

23.9

21.2

60 and over

31.1

27.8

26.2

22.8

20.2

17.7

Total

23.3

19.9

18.7

17.4

16.8

15.7

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Age

15-19

4.2

3.8

2.8

4.5

3.8

3.5

20-29

12.5

12.5

13.8

12.1

14.4

14.3

30-39

14.8

15.2

15.7

12.1

14.7

16.6

40-49

18.6

16.8

18.3

14.1

16.0

14.9

50-59

20.7

20.9

19.9

14.8

17.9

15.4

60 and over

16.3

16.1

13.9

12.9

14.0

13.2

Total

14.9

14.8

15.0

12.4

14.4

14.0

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Age

15-19

2.4

2.5

2.0

1.1

1.0

 

20-29

12.2

9.7

7.7

7.9

6.7

 

30-39

15.3

14.4

14.3

13.2

11.2

 

40-49

13.2

12.7

13.4

14.0

14.5

 

50-59

13.2

13.1

13.0

11.9

11.5

 

60 and over

9.2

9.2

8.6

9.0

8.7

 

Total

11.8

11.1

10.7

10.5

10.0

 

Prevalence of male daily cigarette smokers by age (%)

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Age

15-19

7.9

6.3

4.6

7.3

5.5

7.8

20-29

32.0

26.1

26.0

24.7

22.4

23.5

30-39

45.1

38.0

35.5

33.1

35.0

30.0

40-49

53.9

46.1

41.5

37.9

37.1

36.7

50-59

56.9

51.0

47.7

43.4

41.7

39.2

60 and over

51.6

45.9

45.5

38.5

35.2

31.1

Total

39.7

34.4

32.8

30.6

30.0

28.5

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Age

15-19

7.5

5.9

4.2

6.4

5.3

4.9

20-29

23.8

23.0

24.1

19.9

23.2

20.9

30-39

28.1

29.0

30.1

23.1

28.3

29.4

40-49

34.1

30.0

33.0

26.4

30.0

27.4

50-59

34.8

35.3

35.1

26.2

33.5

28.6

60 and over

27.5

29.7

24.2

21.8

25.0

24.2

Total

27.2

26.7

27.1

22.0

26.1

24.5

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Age

15-19

3.5

3.7

3.1

1.4

1.6

 

20-29

18.4

15.2

13.0

11.9

11.6

 

30-39

25.7

25.4

23.5

21.8

19.2

 

40-49

24.2

24.3

24.6

25.4

26.2

 

50-59

24.2

24.3

24.4

22.2

21.7

 

60 and over

17.3

17.1

16.3

17.3

16.9

 

Total

20.5

19.9

19.1

18.6

18.1

 

Prevalence of female daily cigarette smokers by age (%)

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Age

15-19

0.4

0.3

#

0.5

1.3

1.1

20-29

1.5

1.5

1.4

1.6

1.6

2.0

30-39

2.6

3.0

1.3

1.8

2.0

2.4

40-49

6.6

3.9

3.1

2.3

1.5

1.6

50-59

11.7

9.4

8.9

6.6

3.8

2.3

60 and over

14.8

12.9

11.7

10.5

7.3

5.2

Total

5.6

4.8

4.1

3.8

2.9

2.6

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Age

15-19

0.9

1.3

1.3

2.6

2.3

2.0

20-29

2.2

4.1

4.3

4.7

6.2

7.0

30-39

1.8

2.5

2.0

3.4

4.3

5.8

40-49

1.0

2.4

2.7

2.5

2.7

3.0

50-59

3.1

4.1

1.5

2.5

1.6

2.2

60 and over

6.4

4.0

4.4

4.9

3.6

3.0

Total

2.7

3.1

2.9

3.5

3.6

4.0

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Age

15-19

1.2

1.3

0.8

0.7

#

 

20-29

6.1

4.5

2.6

4.0

1.9

 

30-39

6.4

5.2

6.5

5.9

4.4

 

40-49

3.1

2.8

4.2

4.7

5.1

 

50-59

2.1

1.9

1.8

2.2

2.3

 

60 and over

1.7

1.8

1.5

1.3

1.3

 

Total

3.6

3.0

3.1

3.2

2.7

 

# Data not available

Percentage of daily cigarette smokers by daily consumption of cigarettes (number of cigarettes smoked per day) (%)

Year 

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Stick(s)

1 – 10

27.1

36.8

29.3

30.2

27.9

35.9

11 – 20

52.3

51.0

55.7

53.3

58.5

54.0

≧ 21

20.6

12.2

15.0

16.5

13.6

10.1

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Stick(s)

1 – 10

43.7

39.1

37.7

44.8

46.8

53.2

11 – 20

44.5

51.7

52.3

45.4

47.0

41.9

≧ 21

11.8

9.2

10.0

9.9

6.2

4.9

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Stick(s)

1 – 10

48.4

52.9

54.6

56.0

60.5

 

11 – 20

46.9

43.7

42.1

41.7

37.0

 

≧ 21

4.7

3.4

3.3

2.3

2.6

 

Average daily consumption of cigarettes among daily cgarette smokers by age

Year

1982

1983

1984

1986

1988

1990

Age

15-19

12

11

12

10

13

11

20-29

15

13

14

14

14

13

30-39

17

15

15

16

15

14

40-49

18

15

17

17

17

15

50-59

18

15

16

16

16

14

60 and over

15

13

13

13

13

12

Average

16

14

15

15

15

13

 

Year

1993

1996

1998

2000

2002
/03

2005

Age

15-19

11

14

13

13

12

9

20-29

11

14

15

13

13

12

30-39

13

16

17

14

14

13

40-49

14

17

17

17

15

15

50-59

13

17

18

16

16

15

60 and over

12

15

14

14

14

13

Average

13

16

16

15

14

13

 

Year

2007
/08

2010

2012

2015

2017

 

Age

15-19

11.5

8.6

8.3

9.2

8.6

 

20-29

12.4

12.4

12.8

12.2

11.1

 

30-39

13.3

12.8

12.4

12.5

12.0

 

40-49

14.9

14.0

13.1

13.2

12.3

 

50-59

15.5

14.7

13.8

14.1

13.5

 

60 and over

13.1

12.7

12.8

13.2

12.4

 

Average

13.9

13.4

13.0

13.1

12.4

 

Source of data: Thematic Household Survey (Pattern of Smoking) (formerly known as General Household Survey), Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department 1982 - 2017

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