The latest data from Eurostat has found that 18.4 percent of EU residents aged 15 and above were daily smokers in 2019.
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As Statista’s Anna Fleck details below, Bulgaria came out on top for the highest proportion of people maintaining the habit, with 28.7 percent of residents smoking daily, followed by Greece (23.6 percent), Latvia (22.1 percent), and Germany (21.9 percent).
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, only 6.4 percent of Swedes said that they smoke every day.
Since the UK is no longer a part of the EU, the country’s data was not included by Eurostat, however, the country’s Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) have sourced their own data. As Statista’s chart above shows, the UK comes in below the European average, with a 15.8 percent share.
So, is smoking on the decline? While the average across Europe in 2019 (18.4 percent) was pretty similar to Eurostat’s previous data