Smoking

Updated: 3 Oct 2018
Next update: 2 Oct 2019

Persons who said they had smoked daily for at least one year, and who reported having smoked last either on the day they filled in the form, or on the previous day, were classified as daily smokers.

Data material:

The postal survey Health Behaviour and Health among the Finnish Adult Population (AVTK) was conducted yearly from 1978 to 2014 (www.thl.fi/avtk).
The Regional Health and Welfare Study (ATH) yearly since 2012. (www.thl.fi/ath)

   

Daily smoking has remained at the same level

Daily smoking among men has decreased during the research period, but the decrease appears to have stopped during the past two research years. From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, nearly 30 per cent of men aged 25 to 64 smoked on a daily basis. Since 2005, daily smoking among men has gone down. Fifteen per cent of men in the age group smoked daily in 2018*.

Daily smoking among women has also diminished during the research period, but its decrease has been slower over the past two research years. The share of daily smoking women aged 20 to 64 has remained at the same level (around 18%) from 1996 to 2006. From 2007, daily smoking among women has declined. Thirteen per cent of women in the age group smoked daily in 2018.

*When interpreting the results, it should be noted that these are results based on survey data which always involve random variation due to non-response, for example.