Figure 1 shows that, in contrast to Hackney, the recorded smoking prevalence rate in City residents aged 16-24 is higher than the local authority average; although, due to the small numbers involved, smoking prevalence is statistically similar in all age groups up to age 54. Smoking prevalence declines with age in those aged over 55, dropping to less than half the borough average in those aged 75+.

As in Hackney, a much smaller proportion of younger residents have their smoking status recorded by their GP – 64% of 16-19 year-olds and 86% of 20-24 year-olds, compared to over 95% in all other age groups.

Figure 1: Proportion of adult City residents recorded as smokers by their GP, by age (2016)

Source: Local service data extracted from the GP register by CEG, Blizard Institute, April 2016.

Notes: Data covers City residents registered with a GP in Hackney, the City of London, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

Figure 2 shows that while prevalence rates are fairly steady across the 25-54 age range, the number of smokers declines steadily from a peak in the 25-34 age bracket, reflecting the age profile of the City. 1

Figure 2: Number of adult City residents recorded as smokers by their GP, by age (2016)

Source: Local service data extracted from the GP register by CEG, Blizard Institute, April 2016.

Notes: Data covers City residents registered with a GP in Hackney, the City of London, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

As the majority of users of City SSS are not City residents, we do not have a comparable population of smokers against which to estimate rates of SSS use. However, we can report total numbers of City SSS clients by age. Figure 3 shows that the greatest number of clients is in the 35-44 age group followed by the 25-34 age group, with just under three-quarters of all clients falling into these two categories. This likely reflects heavy service use by City of London daytime workers.

Figure 3: City of London SSS use, by age (2015/16)

Source: Local SSS data recorded through SONAR system, extracted July 2016.

Notes: Data covers all SSS based in the City, no information available on borough of residence.

References

  1. Corporation of the City of London, “City and Hackney Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: City Supplement,” 2014.