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Less smoking, more use of snuff
The decreasing trend for the proportion of daily smokers seems to continue. Seventeen per cent of the population aged 16-74 years smoke daily. Eight per cent use snuff. In 2010, there were 19 per cent daily smokers and 7 per cent who used snuff on a daily basis.
During the last 15 years, the proportion of daily smokers has nearly halved. While every third person aged 16-74 years smoked in 1996, now only 17 per cent smoke daily.
If we look at those who smoke occasionally, the development during the entire period from 1973 has been different. The proportion has only varied slightly; between 8 and 13 per cent each year. There were 11 per cent occasional smokers in 2011.
Small differences between women and men’s smoking habits
There have only been small differences in women and men’s smoking habits in total during the last 15 years, but there are some variations when we look at different age groups. Among the very youngest and persons aged 35-54 years, there are more women than men smoking daily.
The extent of daily smoking among men is now only one third of what it was almost 30 years ago. For a number of years, about every third woman smoked daily. A significant decrease in the number of female daily smokers did not start until the turn of the millennium.
Four out of ten young men use snuff
As smoking decreases, we see signs that snuff use is gaining more ground. Eight per cent of the population used snuff daily in 2011, and 5 per cent used it occasionally. Use of snuff is found most frequently among young people aged 16-24 years, but there are also relatively many users among the 25-34 year olds. Twenty-five per cent of men in the youngest age group use snuff daily. Among the youngest women there was an increase up to a level of 11 per cent. When it comes to occasional snuff users, there has been a increase among the youngest of both sexes: 16 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women aged 16-24 years. In other words, at least four out of ten young men use snuff daily or occasionally.
If we look at smoking habits among the youngest in 2011, they have changed little from the previous year. Nine per cent of men and 13 per cent of women in the age group 16-24 years smoked daily. On the other hand, there are more occasional smokers among young men than women.
About the surveys
Statistics Norway has conducted surveys on smoking habits since 1973, now as a part of Statistics Norway’s Travel and holiday survey. In the course of a year, four surveys with a total sample of 4 500 are carried out. Since 2008, the survey also includes questions about Norwegians’ use of snuff.
From 1973 to 2008, three-year moving averages were estimated. A moving average is calculated as the average of results from three consecutive years, and this represents the middle of the three years. From 2009, Statistics Norway has decided to use the figures for each year.