Tobacco and nicotine consumption in the EU
- Greece is the EU country with the highest rate of tobacco consumption (more than 40%) followed by Bulgaria (39%) and Hungary (38%).On the contrary, countries such as Sweden and Finland have the lowest rates, respectively 16% and 21%.
- Industrially produced cigarettes are the most consumed tobacco products in the EU.

Giving up smoking
- Amongst the reason given to quit smoking, 71% of respondents quit to protect their personal health. Health of family, partners and friends is the second most often quoted reasons. The third one being price. The impact of tobacco smoke on non-smokers was the fourth reason given to quit smoking.
- 16% of the respondents said that smoking ban in public places encouraged them to quit. 14% of the respondents found the health warnings on the packages encouraging to quit.

Exposure to second-hand smoke
- 38% of the EU citizens allow others to smoke in their home with Greece, Spain and Cyprus the most permissive countries on the issue.
- Seven respondents out of ten do not allow smoking in cars.
- While 45% of the respondents remember someone smoking the last time they were in a bar, they were 30% in restaurants. Finally, 25% of the respondents are exposed to tobacco at the workplace and one out of twenty respondents is exposed to tobacco more than five hours a day.

Perceptions of cigarettes,
- Amongst the factors influencing the choice of a specific cigarette, the taste was the reason given in 78% of the cases, followed by the price in 50% of the cases. Packages influences 15% of the respondents. - Regarding the perception of tobacco itself, 17% of the respondents think that some cigarettes are less harmful than others.

Tobacco promotion and purchasing
- Almost half of the EU population remembered having seen tobacco advertisement during the last six months.
- Regarding the measures aiming to control tobacco use, 75% of the respondents support health warnings to appear on tobacco packages, 54% plain packaging, 67% support a price increase and 56% an increase of the tobacco product taxation. In parallel, 55% of the respondents are keen to keep tobacco products out of sight in shopping areas.

For further information:

Eurobarometer on tobacco

EPHA related articles:

Passive Smoking and Children- Report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians, London

EPHA welcomes move to improve Polish tobacco legislation

WHO publishes its 2009 Report on tobacco

EPHA Open Letter supporting a reform of the Spanish tobacco legislation

Alcohol, tobacco and food high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt will see price increases in Denmark

Last modified on July 13 2010.