Finding of the week: The global vapour products market is currently worth £17.1bn – up from £3.1bn five years ago. The biggest national markets are found in the US, Japan and the UK. Source: Euromonitor international.
There were 8,628 incidents of online fraud and cyber crime recorded by Police Scotland in 2017/18 – an increase of 18% on the previous year. Source: Police Scotland. 61% of people in Scotland have had some experience of suicide. Source: Samaritans. The abortion rate in Scotland is at its highest level in five years. Termination rates in the most deprived areas are almost double that in the most affluent areas. Source: Scottish Government. The average parental contribution to homebuyers this year is £18,000 – down 17% from £21,600 last year. Source: Legal & General. The items of clothing which we dislike the most are speedos, leather trousers and Crocs. Other disliked items of attire include jumpsuits, tracksuits, red trousers and clothes with elbow patches. Source YouGov. 59% of the public admit to knowing 'not very much/nothing at all' about the House of Lords. Only 22% think that the upper house is better at scrutinising legislation than the House of Commons. Source: YouGov. The UK public generally want the authorities to be given strong powers to respond to terrorism and crime, and record numbers want defence spending to be increased. Source: British Social Attitudes Survey. Although the ideal dress size for women in the UK is perceived to be a size 12, 45% of women are a size 16 or more. The average female waist has grown seven inches since 1951. Source: YouGov. Suicide rates for children aged 5 to 12 in the US are about twice as high for black children as for white children. But for teenagers aged from 13 to 17, the pattern changes with white teenagers having higher suicide rates. Source: JAMA Pediatrics.
The number of strikes in the UK last year – 79 incidents – was the lowest since records began in 1891. The number of employees involved in labour disputes also fell to an all-time low of 33,000. Source: Office for National Statistics. Every year worldwide, there are 2.8m deaths because of accidents at work or from work-related diseases. Source: International Labour Organisation. This year, 'tax freedom day' – the day on which, theoretically, the average UK citizen has paid off their yearly tax bill – was on 29 May. Although three days later than last year, it is still much earlier than it was in the 1970s or 1980s. Source: Adam Smith Institute. Sales of frozen food increased by 6.1% to £6.1 billion last year. Source: Kantar Worldpanel. Impulse spending costs us around £289 each year, and is aided by the ease of contactless payments. Source: Carphone Warehouse.
152m children in the world are out working each day instead of being at school. Source: International Labour Organisation. Young people with degrees are more likely to have positive views on the EU and immigration than older people with no formal qualifications. Source: British Social Attitudes Survey. While 84% of grammar schools in England are rated 'outstanding’, only 15% of secondary modern schools are rated at the same standard. Source: Ofsted.
Three huge canyons have been found under ice at the South Pole. Despite running for hundreds of kilometres and cutting through tall mountains, they can’t be seen at ground level. Source: Northumbria University. During the solar eclipse of 2017, the sun’s surface was around 6,000˚C, while its corona was burning at 3.7m˚C. Source: Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics, Berlin. 80% of Brits support the banning of single-use plastic products including drinking straws, disposable coffee cups, foam egg boxes, and clam-shaped takeaway containers. Source: YouGov. Although official records state that 64 people were killed in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, recent research suggests that the number of fatalities is closer to 4,645. Source: New England Journal of Medicine. The birds which survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs 66m years ago, when an asteroid is thought to have hit Earth, would generally have been small, able to fly, and happy to live on the ground without trees. Source: Current Biology..
The NHS in Scotland failed to treat 16,772 people within the legally guaranteed period of 12 weeks in the first three months of 2018. Source: NHS Scotland. A range of new genes have been discovered in the human body which are related to cleverness. Further analysis could help improve understanding of the decline in cognitive ability function which can happen during illness and with advancing age. Source: Edinburgh University. Three people have had cardiac arrests in Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow this year. Only one survived. Source: Evening Times. 5% of people in Scotland will survive a cardiac arrest. In Denmark, 25% will survive, possibly due to CPR being part of the school curriculum. Source: Scottish Government. Most vitamin and mineral supplements don't provide any health benefits, and some could increase the risk of death. Source: American College of Cardiology. More than £420m was spent on vitamins and supplements in the UK last year. By 2021, sales are expected to reach £475m. Source: Metro. One in 25 children in England aged 10 or 11 are severely obese. Source: Public Health England. One billion people in the world smoked daily in 2015 – one in four men, and one in 20 women. Source: Global Burden of Diseases. One million French smokers gave up the habit in 2016-17. Source: Public Health France. Smoking causes 10% of deaths worldwide. Half of these deaths occur in four countries: China, India, the US and Russia. Source: Global Burden of Diseases. Where prescription charges apply, it is often cheaper to buy hay fever medication over the counter. People can pay up to £6 more by prescription. Source: MoneySavingExpert. An average of 37 children in the US die from heatstroke inside vehicles each year. Source: California University. On a hot day, even in a shaded car, a child could die from overheating within a few hours. Source: Temperature.
The cheapest pint of beer in the UK can be purchased in Carlisle for around £2.35. The average price of the same beer in London is £5.19. Source: Money Guru. Maya Bay in Thailand, which was made famous from the 1998 film 'The Beach,' is closing to the public. Years of heavy tourist traffic to the bay have had a damaging environmental impact. Source: Thai Government.
Two-thirds of Brits 'rarely bother’ to make a Sunday roast, instead opting for takeaway food. However, in Sheffield 63% of the population keep up the tradition. Source: ScS. A third of office staff have had sandwiches or snacks stolen at work. Source: Deliveroo.