Tobacco Use in Europe

Percentage of adults using any tobacco product per country.


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On this map we can see the actual tobacco use per country. It displays the percentage of the adult population (aged 15 and over) that use any tobacco product on a daily or non-daily basis. This includes not only any type of smoking tobacco (e.g. cigarettes, cigars, pipes), but also any other type of tobacco consumption, like chewing tobacco.

Tobacco use in Europe

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We can see a very clear pattern on this map. Tobacco use is the lowest in the Nordic countries (except Sweden), with Norway being the lowest. In the southeastern part of Europe however, the tobacco consumption is the highest. The majority of the countries in that region have a tobacco use over 35%.

Using the data for tobacco use, gives a much better and more realistic picture than using the data for tobacco consumption per country. The data for tobacco use, measures only the actual usage of tobacco products by the adult population of the specific country.

The data for tobacco consumption, measures the sale of tobacco products. Tobacco prices vary widely per country in Europe due to excise duty and taxes on tobacco products. The tobacco consumption (sales) per capita in Andorra, Belgium and Luxembourg are the highest in Europe. However, these countries are not even close to the top 3 when it comes to actual use of tobacco products . This is because tobacco products are significantly more expensive in the surrounding countries. Causing the people of those surrounding countries to hop over the border to buy their tobacco products in Andorra, Belgium or Luxembourg at a much lower price. Therefore, the data for tobacco use gives a much more accurate and realistic picture of how much of the population of each country uses tobacco products.

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