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quarta-feira, 31 de maio de 2017
World No Tobacco Day: More than one in four EU citizens still smoke
Health and Food Safety
A survey published by the
European Commission today, on the eve of World No Tobacco Day, shows no
decrease in the overall smoking rate in the EU (26%) since 2014. Amongst
people aged 15 to 24 the rate has increased from 25% in 2014 to 29% in
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said "The increase in
youth smoking rates illustrates the urgency for Member States to enforce
the provisions of the Tobacco Products Directive which forbid attractive
cigarettes aimed at enticing young people: characterising flavours, small
packs, 'lipstick-style' packs and misleading elements on packaging. Since
May this year all such products must have disappeared from the EU market. I
urge all Member States to use all additional tools at their disposal to
protect young people and foster smoke free societies."
exist between EU countries, with the highest smoking rates in Greece (37%),
Bulgaria, France (both 36%) and Croatia (35%). At 7%, Sweden has the lowest
smoking rate in the EU. Regular e-cigarette use remains stable at 2%, with
15% having tried such products at some point. With regard to attitudes to
tobacco and e-cigarette control measures, the majority of those surveyed
(63%) think e-cigarette use should be banned in places where there are
smoking bans; and 46% are in favour of plain packaging for cigarettes.