The percentage of Greeks who are accustomed to smoking every day is high, with Greece ranked second among European member states.
According to Eurostat, in 2019, 18.4% of the EU population aged 15 and over reported daily smoking. Of these, 12.6% smoke less than 20 cigarettes per day, while 5.9% smoke 20 or more cigarettes daily.
In EU member states, the countries with the highest smoking rates were Bulgaria (28.7%), Greece (23.6%), Latvia (22.1%), Germany (21.9%) and Croatia (21.8%) ).
In particular, 23.6% of Greeks over 15 admit that they smoke at least one cigarette a day. Many claim to smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day.
In contrast, the countries with the lowest smoking rates were Sweden (6.4%), Finland (9.9%), Luxembourg (10.5%), Portugal (11.5%) and Denmark (11.7%).
The percentage of smokers who smoke 20 or more cigarettes per day ranges from 1.0% in Sweden to 12.9% in Bulgaria. At the same time, the percentage of smokers who smoke less than 20 cigarettes ranges from 5.3% in Sweden to 15.8% in Bulgaria.
In 2019, the male population had more smokers than the female population: 22.3% of men aged 15 and over smoked daily, compared with 14.8% of women.
At the national level, the percentage of men who smoked daily ranges from 5.9% in Sweden to 37.6% in Bulgaria. For women, this indicator ranged from 6.8% to 20.7%, respectively.
In all EU Member States, daily smoking rates were higher among men than among women, with the exception of Sweden and Denmark.