A fifth of area’s adults still light up

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Al­most a fifth of adults in South La­nark­shire are smok­ers, ac­cord­ing to new NHS fig­ures.

The fig­ure sits at 19.1 per cent for the re­gion.

How­ever, new data from the NHS shows that in 2016, for the first time, a ma­jor­ity of Scot­tish adults (56.9 per cent) said they had never been a smoker, while 17.7 per cent say they are cur­rent smok­ers and the rest are ex-smok­ers.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, you are most likely to en­counter a cur­rent smoker in Clack­man­nan­shire, where 24.3 per cent of adults smoke.

In the Orkney Is­lands, only 8.5 per cent smoke.

North­ern Ire­land has the high­est smok­ing rates of any coun­try in the UK, with 18.1 per cent of adults there classed as cur­rent smok­ers. Scot­land is next, fol­lowed by Wales (16.9 per cent) and Eng­land (15.5 per cent).

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