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About 12 million adults in the UK smoke cigarettes - 28% of men and 24% of women.
In the UK approximately 450 children start smoking everyday. Smoking rates are highest amongst those aged 20-24 years: 38% men and 34% women
About one fifth of Britain's 15 year olds - 18% boys and 26% girls - are regular smokers - despite the fact that it is illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under 16 years of age
Deaths caused by smoking are five times higher than the 22,833 deaths arising from: road traffic accidents (3,439), other accidents (8,579), poisoning and overdose (881), alcoholic liver disease (5,121), murder and manslaughter (513), suicide (4,066), and HIV infection (234) in the UK during 2002.