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According to surveys by the Federal Statistical Office, not as many young people smoke as there were ten years ago. Health awareness, smoking bans and a loss of image have resulted in fewer and fewer young people starting to smoke.
(May 29, 2010) Next Monday is World No Tobacco Day. A reason to take a look at the current smoking statistics. About 74 percent of Germans said they did not smoke or no longer smoke. According to the Federal Statistical Office, this is around one percent more than in 2005. Women (around 79 percent) are still more likely to be non-smokers than men (around 70 percent). However, in 2008 around 43,830 people died of cancer related to active smoking.
Health awareness, smoking bans and a loss of image have resulted in fewer and fewer young people starting to smoke. It seems that smoking hardly has a "coolness factor" among young people. The proportion of non-smokers among young people between the ages of 15 and 19 has risen by around 7 percent. According to the Federal Office, 85 percent of young women and 80 percent of young men do not smoke. Even among the slightly older young people (20 to 24 year olds) smoke less and less. Around two thirds of young people described themselves as "non-smokers" (increase of 5 percent). (sb)
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