Bar chart showing current smoking prevalence among males and females in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.In 2020, 12.1% of males (1.9 million) and 8.6% of females (1.4 million) were current smokers (Figure 1.4). Overall prevalence was significantly higher among males than females,5 as were both daily and non-daily smoking.6,7

Between 2019 and 2020, overall smoking prevalence among females decreased significantly, from 11.1% to 8.6%.8 However, among males there was no significant change from the 2019 estimate of 12.7%.9

In all survey years from 1999 to 2020, smoking prevalence estimates were greater among males than females, although the magnitude of this difference varied (Figure 1.5). 


Bar chart showing current smoking prevalence among males and females from 1999 to 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.