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Smokers as a percentage of population by age and sex

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Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national official sources.

Definition: Smoking is defined as the daily smoking of at least one cigarette.

General note: Percentage

Country: Armenia

1995: data refer to 1997.
2010: data refer to age group 15-49.

Country: Austria

Break in methodlogy (2006): Data for 2006 come from the Autrian Health Interview Survey, for 1995 from the Labour force Survey ad hoc module on smoking habits.

Country: Austria

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1997.

Country: Belarus

Data refer to population aged 16+.

Country: Bulgaria

Break in methodlogy (2008): 2008 data come from the European Health Interview Survey and 2001 from the Demographic and Health survey.

Country: Canada

Data exclude institutional residents and full-time members of the Canadian Forces.

Country: Canada

Data exclude residents of Indian Reserves, Crown Lands and certain remote regions.

Country: Croatia

Change in definition (1995): data refer to age group 18-65.

Country: Croatia

Change in definition (2003): data refer to population aged 18+.

Country: Croatia

Reference period (2012): data refer to 2011.

Country: Cyprus

Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1989.

Country: Cyprus

Data cover only government controlled area.

Country: Czechia

2004: data refer to population aged 18-64; age group 15-24 refers to 18-24.
1990, 1995 and 2000: data refer to 1993, 1996 and 1999.

Country: Denmark

Change in definition (1990 - 2013): Data refer to population aged 16+; age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: Estonia

Data refer to population aged 16-64; age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: Estonia

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1996

Country: France

Change in definition (1995 - 2000): Data refer to population aged 18-74; age group 15-24 refers to 18-24.

Country: France

Change in definition (2002 - 2014): Data refer to population aged 15-75

Country: France

Territorial change (2002 - 2014): Data cover only Metropolitan France.

Country: Germany

2000: data refer to 1999.

Country: Iceland

Change in definition (1990 - 2013): Data for smokers 15+ refers to persons aged 15-89. As of 2014, data refer to persons aged 18-89. Data for smokers aged 15-24 refers to persons aged 18-24 as of 2014.

Country: Ireland

Age group 15-24 refers to 15-23. 2000: data refer to 1998. 2000-2002: data include occasional smokers. 2003: data refer to people smoking one or more cigarettes a week. From 2015, data related to the population aged 15 and over who report that they are daily smokers.

Country: Israel

Additional information (1995 - 2013): Data are based on different surveys and methodologies across years.

Country: Israel

Change in definition (1995 - 2010): Data refer to population aged 20+.

Country: Israel

Change in definition (2003): Data refer to population aged 20+.
Data refer to population aged 21+ and based on health survey.

Country: Israel

Change in definition (2013): Data refer to population aged 21+.

Country: Israel

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1996-1997.

Country: Israel

Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1999-2000.

Country: Israel

Reference period (2003): Data refer to 2003-2004.

Country: Italy

Break in methodlogy (2001): From 2001 data come from survey "Aspects of daily life" , before 2001 data come from survey "Health condition and use of health services".

Country: Italy

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1994.

Country: Kazakhstan

Age group 15+ refers to 15-49.

Country: Latvia

Data for 2003 - from the Health Interview Survey. Data cover population 15-75 years old.Data for 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 - from Health Behaviour Survey among Latvian Adult population. Data cover population 15-64 years old.Data for 2008 and 2014 - from the European Health iInterview Survey (EHIS). Data cover population 15+.

Country: Malta

Data refer to population aged 18+ residing in private households.
Data for age group 15 - 24 are not available due to under-representation.

Country: Netherlands

Change in definition (1990 - 1995): Data refer to population age 16+.

Country: Netherlands

Data include all types of smokers. In 2014, interviewing and weighting method was changed, causing a break in the time series.

Country: Norway

Change in definition (1980 - 2009): Date refer to three-year average.

Country: Norway

Data refer to population aged 16-74; age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: Poland

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1996.

Country: Portugal

Before 2005: data cover only mainland territory (without Autonomous Regions of Acores and Madeira).
1995, 2000, 2005: data refer to 1995/1996, 1998/1999 and 2005/2006.

Country: Republic of Moldova

Additional information (2010 - 2012): Data exclude the territory of the Transnistria and municipality of Bender

Country: Republic of Moldova

Change in definition (2010 - 2012): Smoking is defined as daily smoking or smoking sometimes

Country: Republic of Moldova

Reference period (2010): The survey was conducted in August-October 2010

Country: Republic of Moldova

Reference period (2012): The survey was conducted in July-September 2012

Country: Romania

Break in methodology (2009): From 2009 change in data source

Country: Russian Federation

Change in definition: Data refer to daily smokers of age 15+.

Country: Slovenia

Change in definition (1990): Data for population aged 15+ refer to age 18+.

Country: Slovenia

Change in definition (1995 - 2000): Data for population aged 15+ refer to age 18+.
Age group 15-24 refers to 15-16.

Country: Slovenia

Change in definition (2001 - 2004): Data for population aged 25-64.

Country: Slovenia

Change in definition (2008 - 2012): Data for population aged 25-74.

Country: Slovenia

Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1988.

Country: Slovenia

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1994.

Country: Slovenia

Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1999.

Country: Spain

Break in methodlogy (2003): Proxy were allowed

Country: Spain

Break in methodlogy (2009): Questionnaire self-administered

Country: Spain

Change in definition (1980 - 2003): Data refer to population aged 16+. Age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.
Data refer to Spanish nationals only.

Country: Spain

Change in definition (2006 - 2009): Data refer to population aged 16+. Age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: Spain

Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1993.

Country: Spain

Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1997.

Country: Sweden

Change in definition (1980 - 2001): Age group 15+ refers to 16+, age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.
Data refer to population aged 16-84.

Country: Sweden

Change in definition (2002 - onwards): (1) Data for age group 15+ refers to 16+. (2) Data for age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: Sweden

Data do not include snuff users.

Country: Switzerland

Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1992.

Country: Switzerland

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1997.

Country: Switzerland

--Reference period (1990-2017): Primary source -- Swiss Health Survey.

Country: Turkiye

Break in methodlogy (2006): Data come from the Life Satisfaction Survey. For other years data come from a different source.

Country: Turkiye

Break in methodlogy (2008, 2012): Data for 2008 and 2012 come from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. For other years data come from a different source.

Country: Turkiye

Break in methodlogy (2010, 2014): Data come from the Health Interview Survey. For other years data come from a different source.

Country: Ukraine

From 2014 data cover the territories under the government control.

Country: Ukraine

Territorial change (2000 - 2013): The territorial sample exclude localities in the territory which was radioactively contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster .

Country: United Kingdom

Change in definition (1980 - onwards): Data refer to population aged 16+. Smokers are defined as anyone who has ever smoked and describes themselves as a current smoker. Age group 15-24 refers to 16-24.

Country: United Kingdom

Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1994.

Country: United Kingdom

Reference period (2005): Estimates prior to 2005 are based on a fiscal year rather than a calendar year.

Country: United Kingdom

Territorial change (1980 - onwards): Estimates are for Great Britain excluding Northern Ireland.

Country: United States

Data for 1980 include persons aged 17+, for all other years data refer to the population aged 18+.
1980, 1990: data refer to both daily and nondaily smokers.