Official Statistics

Health and Wellbeing of 15-year-olds in England - Smoking Prevalence – Findings from the What About YOUth? Survey 2014

Smoking prevalence data for 15 year olds during 2014, at England level and by LA.



The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was commissioned by the Department of Health to run the What About YOUth? 2014 (WAY) survey in direct response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. This Forum identified gaps in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) and other key health behaviour measures relating to young people. HSCIC contracted Ipsos MORI to carry out the survey.

WAY? 2014 is the first survey to be conducted of its kind and it is hoped that the survey will be repeated (possibly every two years) in order to form a time series of comparable data on a range of indicators for 15 year olds across England. This is ground-breaking for local authorities as new data is to become available to better inform local policy making. Data has been collected on topics including general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, smoking, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying.

The PHOF currently includes a placeholder indicator on smoking prevalence at age 15. The data from this survey will become the source for this PHOF indicator. This report will cover all the information required for the PHOF on smoking prevalence (plus extra information on e-cigarette use and use of other tobacco products such as shisha) and will allow comparisons between LAs and against the national position. Should the survey be repeated, LAs will be able to monitor their progress and changes over time. HSCIC plan to publish a main report covering all the key findings from the survey in December 2015.

Published 4 August 2015