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Top-line findings on smoking in Scotland from the Smoking Toolkit Study.

Vera Buss, Robert West, Loren Kock, Dimitra Kale, Jamie Brown

Last updated: 8th May 2024

Any tobacco smoking includes cigars, pipes, shishas, etc.


Monthly household surveys of representative samples of 450 adults (18+ years old) in Scotland

  • Due to the pandemic, surveys are conducted by telephone (rather than face-to-face) and among adults aged 18 and over between October 2020 -December 2021, and 16 and over from January 2022
  • From April 2020 (switch to telephone), Ipsos started recording ~<5% cases as missing for social grade. To derive weight variable (which uses social grade), Ipsos assumed missing = social grade C1. To ensure analyses using weight and social grade reflect target weighed profile, social grade was recoded to reflect this assumption. Different assumptions for missing social grade cases were explored in a parallel telephone and face-to-face (with no missing social grade) wave, and this assumption found least distorting.

Fieldwork by IPSOS MORI

Sample weighted to match population in Scotland on key socio-demographics