NOTE! This site uses cookies

By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more detalis, see Read more

Accept

What are you looking for?

Tobacco use in Catalonia drops almost 2% in 2019

Smoking is estimated to cause 9,030 deaths a year, accounting for one in six fatalities 

 

SHARE

31 May 2020 12:17 PM

by

ACN | Barcelona

Tobacco consumption for both men and women has decreased by 1.7% in Catalonia compared to 2018, according to the Health Survey of Catalonia (ESCA) 2019.

The study found that 23.9% of the adult population smokes, compared to 25.6% the previous year.

Smoking rates were higher for men, at 29.2%, than for women, at 18.8%.

An estimated 9,030 deaths a year, or 25 deaths a day, are attributable to tobacco use, accounting for one in six deaths. 

The decline shown by the 2019 survey comes after a rise was noted in 2018.

The profile of the smokers differed between men and women. The typical male smoker is between 15 and 44 years old, from a less privileged social background and with secondary education. Female smokers on the other hand are typically 45 to 64 years old from any social background and also have secondary education.

9 out of 10 people said they enjoyed a smoke-free environment.

A separate survey commissioned by the organizing committee of Setmana Sense Fum, or Smoke Free Week, has revealed that during lockdown 7% of smokers gave it up, 17.8% smoked less, 35.7 % smoked the same as before, and 39.3% smoked more.

 

SHARE

  • People queuing at a tobacconists on the French-Spanish border during lockdown, March 17, 2020 (by Aleix Freixas)

  • People queuing at a tobacconists on the French-Spanish border during lockdown, March 17, 2020 (by Aleix Freixas)

RELATED