Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Swedes Break Record for Giving Up Smoking

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Swedes Break Record for Giving Up Smoking

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Swedish smokers are quitting their habit at such a rate that they have broken the world record for giving up smoking. Fewer than one in five adults in Sweden still smoke, making it the first country in the world to bring smoking down to below 20% of the adult population.

Smoking prevalence among Swedish adults has fallen to just 19.3%, according to a major statistical study published recently. The study (Tobacco statistics 1970-1997) examined tobacco consumption, prices, smoking habits, trade and smuggling in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The research found that Swedish men are much less likely to smoke than Swedish women are. Smoking prevalence among Swedish women aged 16-84 years is 22.2%, whereas among men it is 16.8%. Smoking among young people has also declined. Smoking prevalence among 16-24-year-old males in Sweden fell from 28% in 1980 to a low of 12% in 1997. Among females in the same age group, the corresponding fall was from 37% to 19%. …

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