Tobacco control and smoking

Routine and manual workers

Prevalence of smoking varies significantly by socio-economic group, in Central Bedfordshire 29.3% of people in Routine and Manual occupations still smoke. 

Routine and Manual workers make up the largest group of smokers in the general population and have the highest smoking prevalence when compared to other occupational groups; twice as likely to smoke as those in Managerial and Professional roles.  They are more likely to be parents, to live in communities where levels of smoking are higher, find long term quitting difficult and to have children who are more likely to be affected by second-hand smoke.

Smoking Prevalence by Occupational Group

Smoking Prevalence by Occupational Group, General Lifestyle Survey and Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics


Last updated Wednesday, 1st November 2017