Smoking continues to decrease
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Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs2014



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Smoking continues to decrease

In 2014, 13 per cent of people in Norway smoked daily. The proportion of daily smokers has been declining steadily since 1973. The decrease was higher among men for a long time, but from 1998, the decline in daily smoking has been about the same for men and women.

Smokers and snuffers
Both sexes
Percentage daily smokers26211513
Percentage occasional smokers11999
Takes snuff daily - per cent.699
Takes snuff occasionally - per cent.445
Percentage daily smokers27211514
Percentage occasional smokers11101011
Takes snuff daily - per cent.101415
Takes snuff occasionally - per cent.756
Percentage daily smokers25201413
Percentage occasional smokers11878
Takes snuff daily - per cent.144
Takes snuff occasionally - per cent.233

The overall use of tobacco is declining. Thirty-one per cent of people smoked, used snuff or did both in 2014. The corresponding figure for 2008 was 36 per cent. The use of snuff and occasional smoking has remained stable over time, while daily smoking is declining.

Young people smoke less

Smoking among young people aged 16-24 is decreasing. Since 1973, the percentage has fallen by almost 40 percentage points. Now only 5 per cent of young people aged 16-24 smoke daily, and 12 per cent report that they smoke occasionally.

Smokers are older

Smoking is most common among people aged 45-64 years. One in five smoke daily, and women smoke as much as men in this age group.

Young people snuff the most

Young people aged 16-24 years use snuff the most, especially young men. In 2014, one out of three young men snuffed daily or occasionally.

Many have heard about electronic cigarettes, but few have tried

Most people (90 per cent) have heard of electronic cigarettes. Fifteen per cent report that they have tried electronic cigarettes.

MethodOpen and readClose

From 2014, Statistics Norway has decided to estimate weights to adjust for possible biases introduced by non-response. Using weights will affect the numbers somewhat, but the trend we have seen over many years will remain unchanged, even with weighted figures.

Examples of weighted and unweighted figures for two years is available in About the statistics