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Poland has second biggest decline in smokers in EU

11 Feb 2021. Poland has seen the second biggest decline among EU nations in the average number of cigarettes smoked by users each day, reports The First News.

The report 'Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes' shows that significantly fewer Poles younger than 40 now smoke compared to the EU average. On average, Poles smoked 13.3 cigarettes less per day than they smoked in 2017. Only Romania has seen a bigger decline over the same period, with 15.4 fewer cigarettes smoked, the report said.

Nine EU nations saw an increase in daily cigarette consumption, with Sweden leading the way with an increase of 14.2 more cigarettes being smoked daily.

According to the report, 32% of men and 20% of women smoke in Poland. The EU average for males is 26% and 21% for females. The report also found more people over 40 in Poland smoke compared to the EU average, 33% compared to 27% of 40- to 54-year-olds. Only 22% of 25- to 39-year-olds in Poland smoke, lower than the EU average of 30%.

The decline has been put down to a number of campaigns in recent years along with a smoking ban introduced in Poland in 2010 which have had an impact on the publicís perception of smoking.