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SWEDEN

Regular tobacco use drops

16 Mar 2009. According to a recent study, the number of regular smokers in Sweden has fallen by 200,000 over the last five years, with women accounting for the the largest percentage.

There has been a noticeable reduction in nearly all segments of society, excluding males who are ill or who receive disability payments, who account for a 19-percent increase in habitual smoking. The data comes from a large annual survey which was carried out by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet) and which was presented in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The national public health survey has roughly 50,000 participants between the ages of  16 and 84. Among women, the number of regular smokers sank from 19 to 14 per cent, a reduction of 130,000. Men showed a reduction from 14 to eleven per cent, or 70,000 individuals. The number of men using smokeless wet snuff (“snus”) tobacco has fallen from 22 to 19 per cent, while snus use among women has remained stable over the last five years at about  four per cent. (pi)