Data and statistics

Death from tobacco

Compared to the rest of the world, the WHO European Region has one of the highest proportions of deaths attributable to tobacco. 16% of all deaths in adults over 30 in the WHO European Region were due to tobacco. This is in contrast to the African or the Eastern Mediterranean Regions, with 3% and 7% proportion of tobacco-attributable deaths, respectively, and with the global average of 12%.

Who is smoking?

In the Region, 22% of women smoke: a high average compared to those for women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (3–5%). While tobacco use was previously largely a male phenomenon, the gap in prevalence between male and female adults is now very small in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and closing in others. In Sweden and Norway, the prevalence of daily tobacco smoking is higher in women. Similarly, more girls than boys are using tobacco in Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland and Slovenia.

Implementation of the WHO FCTC

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is a powerful legal instrument to help fight the tobacco epidemic. The WHO European Region has made great advances in the implementation of this treaty.