Greece is in second place among the EU countries, "heavy smokers"

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.

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