Tobacco consumption: 1 in every 4 persons aged 15 or over in the European Union is a smoker… and 1 in 5 confronted by passive smoking

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Series Details No.245, 2016 (07.12.16)
Publication Date 07/12/2016
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While slightly over three-quarters (76.0%) of those aged 15 or over living in the European Union (EU) were non-smokers in 2014, 19.2% smoked any kind of tobacco products on a daily basis and a further 4.7% on an occasional basis. In other words, nearly 1 in every 4 persons (24.0%) aged 15 or over in the EU was a current smoker in 2014.

The share of current smokers differs between genders, with a higher proportion of men (28.7%) smoking than women (19.5%) in the EU in 2014. In addition, slightly more than a fifth (21.6%) of the EU population aged 15 or over was exposed, on a daily basis, to tobacco smoke indoors.

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EurActiv, 07.12.16: Eurostat: One quarter of EU citizens are smokers
The, 07.12.16: Sweden has the fewest smokers in Europe: EU report
Greek Reporter, 07.12.16: In Greece’s Smoking-Obsessed Culture, Passive Smokers Suffer
The Sofia Globe, 07.12.16: One in three Bulgarians smokes – the highest rate in the European Union

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