Slightly more than half of men in Greece smoke

On 27 January 2014, Greece released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. GATS surveyed adults 15 years of age or older. Highlights from the 2013 GATS Greece survey are as follows:

  • 51.2% of men, 25.7% of women, and 38.2% overall (3.5 million adults) currently smoked tobacco.
  • 72.2% of daily smokers smoke within 30 minutes after waking up, showing a high dependency on tobacco.
  • Only 2 in 10 smokers made a quit attempt in the last 12 months.
  • Despite a law prohibiting smoking inside public places:
  • 52.3% of adults who worked indoors (1.6 million adults) were exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace; and
  • 72.2% of adults (3.3 million adults) were exposed to tobacco smoke when visiting restaurants.
  • 84.1% of non-smokers support the law prohibiting smoking inside of restaurants.

A fact sheet summarizing the results from Greece can be found on the WHO headquarters site.