Facts and statistics

There are almost 9,000 smoking-attributable deaths and nearly 90,000 smoking-related hospital admissions every year in Scotland.

Click on the button below to access ASH Scotland's Smoking and Vaping Statistics for the most up-to-date figures.

If you can't find the facts and statistics that you are looking for, please email a request to research@ashscotland.org.uk

Tobacco is the biggest cause of cancer worldwide.

Smoking is the cause of at least 15 different types of cancer. There is clear evidence to link tobacco to lung cancer but there is also evidence of it causing cancer of the kidney, cancer of the larynx and head and neck, bladder, oesophagus, pancreas and stomach cancer.

It can also:

increase the risk of developing dementia

promote the onset of rheumatoid arthritis

increase the risk of type 2 diabetes

increase the risk of cataract development

reduces fertility in men

cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

affect the metabolism of some medications, such as antidepressants

cause cancer in our pets due to second-hand smoke

Second-hand smoke

Exposure to second-hand smoke can cause cancer in people who don't smoke themselves.

Smoking is the single biggest avoidable
risk factor for cancer.

Adult smoking prevalence alongside key tobacco control dates in Scotland over the last 20 years


Go in to depth about certain topics with our briefings. You'll find comprehensive facts and information on how smoking in Scotland effects different aspects of life.

We have a number of e-learning courses and downloadable resources on our dedicated e-learning website.

The tobacco industry

Learn more about the importance of WHO's FCTC Article 5.3 in preventing tobacco industry interference in the development of public health policies.

Policies and reports

Stay informed about current Scottish tobacco policies