The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has published figures on smoking prevalence by National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NSSEC3) (measure of employment relations and conditions of occupations) for the period 2010/11 to 2016/17.
The findings show smoking prevalence to be highest among smokers in routine and manual occupations (34% in 2010/ 11 reducing to 28% in 2016/17). In 2010/11, of those who reported to have never worked or whose occupational status was not classified, around one in five adults (21%) were smokers; by 2016/17, smoking prevalence among this occupational group had reduced to 17%.
Smoking prevalence among managerial and professional occupations and intermediate occupations was broadly similar in 2010/11 (15% and 17% respectively). However, the gap in smoking prevalence among these occupational groups has widened over time, with smoking prevalence among managerial and professional occupations reported at 11% compared with 18% among intermediate occupations in 2016/17.
IPH has a long history of work in the area of tobacco control. IPH is currently represented on the Northern Ireland Tobacco Strategy Implementation Steering Group and Research and Information Workstream. The Institute is currently supporting the Department of Health in undertaking a mid-term review of the Ten Year Tobacco control Strategy 2012-2022.
In 2015, IPH produced a report for the Department of Health on a five year review of smoke-free legislation in Northern Ireland: Smoke-free spaces: Progress in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke in Northern Ireland incorporating the five year review of smoke-free legislation.
This was followed by the publication of a snapshot report on smoke-free spaces in Northern Ireland in 2017.