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Relatively a lot of light smokers in the Netherlands

Relatively a lot of light smokers in the Netherlands

Photo: Hollandse Hoogte

More than one in four (25.2 percent) of the Dutch population of 15 years or older smokes. Is 6 percentage points gelegenheidsroker.

That is higher than the average percentage of smokers in the European Union (EU), which at 24 percent. This smokes 4.7 percentage points only on occasion.

The Dutch smoke more than average, that is mainly due to the higher percentage of light smokers. The figures(pdf) are reported by Eurostat, the research agency of the EU.

Men smoking in general more than women, also in the Netherlands. 28.8 percent of the Dutch men smoke, compared to 21.6 percent of the women.

The most inveterate smokers live in Bulgaria (34.8 percent). In Sweden this is more than twice as low of 16.7 percent.

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