Smoking declines in EU, Greeks and Bulgarians top tobacco consumption

While smoking has declined across Europe, including among young people, the highest rates of smoking continue to be in Greece and Bulgaria, a Eurobarometer survey has found.

Greece is highest in the percentage of smokers, at 38 per cent, followed by Bulgaria at 35 per cent.

The findings of the survey were released ahead of May 31, World No Tobacco Day.

Across the 28-member European Union, the percentage of smokers dropped from 28 per cent in 2012 to 26 per cent in 2014.

The age category that saw the biggest drop (four percentage points) was young people aged 15 to 24 (25 per cent vs 29 per cent).

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