Fewer smokers in Sweden

The international science magazine New Scientist has highlighted Sweden’s path towards becoming a smoke-free nation. 

In 2016, only 5 percent of men aged 30 to 44 smoked, and in total, only 8 percent of Swedish men smoke daily. This compares to an EU average of just over 25 percent. The proportion of Swedish women who smoke is also falling and is now 10 percent.

The magazine notes the important role of Swedish snus in the country’s success.

“Smoking is about to disappear in Sweden and that is because snus has replaced smoking,” said Gerry Stimson, chairman of the New Nicotine Alliance,  a European consumer group called which works to reduce tobacco-related diseases.

Read the whole article here.