Recent surveys of young people in Hackney and the City suggest that around three quarters have never smoked. 3 4 For example, Figure 4 shows that 76% of 15 year olds report never having smoked, 6% are current smokers, 4% are ex-smokers and 14% say they have tried smoking at some point.

According to the same source, one quarter (24%) of 15 year olds in Hackney and the City report having tried tobacco other than in cigarettes. This is likely to predominantly relate to shisha tobacco, as the question asked in the survey gave the following examples to help participants answer the question: ’shisha pipe, hookah, hubble-bubble and water pipe’ (all being words to describe the instrument through which shisha tobacco is smoked).

Figure 4: Self-reported smoking prevalence in 15 year olds in Hackney and the City, 2015

The table shows 14.1% of 15 year old's have tried smoking.
Source: What About YOUth? (WAY) survey, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 2015 [22]

References

  1. “What About YOUth? survey,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2015
  2. “Healthy living in Hackney: Young people’s health behaviours and attitudes,” rockpool research associates, 2012
  3. “What About YOUth? survey,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2015
  4. “Healthy living in Hackney: Young people’s health behaviours and attitudes,” rockpool research associates, 2012