Up in smoke! Poland has second biggest decline in smokers in EU

On average Poles smoked 13.3 cigarettes a day less than they did in 2017. Kalbar/TFN

Poland has seen the 2nd biggest decline among EU nations in the average number of cigarettes smoked by users each day, according to a new report.

Titled 'Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes' the report shows that significantly fewer Poles under the age of 40 now smoke compared to the EU average.

Smoking among males in Poland is much more common than among females with 32 percent of men smoking compared to only 20 percent of women.ESW/TFN

On average Poles smoked 13.3 cigarettes a day less than they did in 2017, only Romania has seen a bigger decline in the same time period, smoking 15.4 fewer cigarettes.

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.

Smoking among males in Poland is much more common than among females with 32 percent of men smoking compared to only 20 percent of women. The EU average for males is 26 and 21 percent for females.

Among Poles aged between 25 and 39 only 22 percent are smokers, much lower than the EU average of 30 percent.ESW/TFN

The report also found that there are more Poles over 40 smoking in comparison with the EU average, 33 percent to 27 percent of 40 to 54 year olds.

While 27 percent of Poles over 55 years old smoke compared to an EU average of 18 percent.

Among Poles aged between 25 and 39 only 22 percent are smokers, much lower than the EU average of 30 percent.

A smoking ban introduced to Poland’s bars, café’s and restaurants in 2010 had a huge impact on the public’s perception of smoking.ESW/TFN

This is a drastic change from 30 years ago when World Health Organization (WHO) data showed that Poland was the heaviest smoking nation in the world, having risen from 11th place in 1972 to the top spot in 1992.

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 public’s  perception of smoking.