Smoking

Updated: 9 Oct 2017
Next update: 2 Oct 2018

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 decreased

Daily smoking among men has decreased during the research period. 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. Fourteen per cent of men in the age group smoked daily in 2016*.

Daily smoking among women has also diminished during the research period. 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. Fifteen per cent of women in the age group smoked daily in 2016.

When interpreting the results it should be noted that the sample size in the 2016 data collection was slightly smaller than in previous years. The small sample size is more prone to random variation, which can affect the results, especially in groups with low response activity (typically younger respondents and men). * The decrease in the share of men who smoke daily in 2016 can be connected to this random variation.