Snus use in Norway increased but more smokers kicked the habit in 2021

Photo: Illustration picture of snus and snus use. Photo: Erlend Aas / NTB

Figures released by Statistics Norway (Statistiks Sentralbyrå, SSB) for 2021 show that whilst daily snus use increased slightly, the number of people who smoke every day has actually decreased over the past 12 months.

15% of population snus daily, use has nearly doubled in a decade

The proportion of people who use snus daily has increased whilst the number of those that smoke every day has decreased, according to figures released by the SSB for 2021.

Sindre Mikael Haugen, a consultant at the SSB, said “the proportion of daily snus users is at the highest it has ever been” jumping to 15% in 2021. Haugen noted that the figure had “almost doubled in ten years, from 8 to 15%”.

Snus, it appears, is favored by men. Figures show that 21% of men use snus on a daily basis while the figure was 8% for women.

The number of people who smoke daily, however, has decreased slightly. Some 8% of the population, between 16 and 74 years old, stated that they light up daily compared to 9% in 2020.

Women (9% of the population) were more likely to smoke daily than men (6%). The age group which still smokes the most are the “Baby Boomers” (55-64-year-olds) but they have also seen a decrease in smoking rates. Only 14% of this age group smoke, compared to 17% in 2020.

Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today /#NorwayTodayTravel

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