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Smoking in Greece

The overall smoking prevalence in Greece has been going down in recent years, but it still has one of the highest rates of smoking in the world. There are approximately 3.5 million people smoking in the country. 39.1% of the adult population in Greece are current smokers, down from 42% in 2006. 45.3% of men smoke and for women the figure is 32.8%. The most recent data show there were 22,759 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 6,600 women and 16,200 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 20.87% (women: 10.4%; and men: 25.1%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Greece and there are 185,600 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 2.07%. There are no requirements to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning and they can only be sold to those 18 and older. Vaping devices can be purchased without a prescription and there are no legal restrictions on their use in public places. Heated tobacco products can be marketed, but the situation is a bit more complicated for snus. While it is illegal to import snus for trade or buy the product online, it is possible to import it for personal use. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be marketed and it is legal to purchase it without a prescription. The NRT market in Greece is worth €3 million. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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April 08, 2022 by

Greece among the countries with world’s highest smoking rates

Despite a ban on indoor smoking, Greece remains among the countries with the highest smoking rates in the world, although there has been a significant decrease compared to a few years ago, the chief executive of tobacco giant Philip Morris International, Jacek Olczak, tells Kathimerini in an interview.


Olczak says that the ideal for smokers, over 1 billion worldwide, would be to quit smoking altogether, but as the indications so far show that they will not, the most “pragmatic approach” is to use products that eliminate combustion, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

November 16, 2021 by

EU: Greece records the second highest share of daily cigarette smokers

Greece records the second highest share of daily cigarette smokers within the EU for 2019 according to the latest Eurostat data, at 23.6% with Bulgaria in first place at 28.7%.

Following Greece are Latvia (22.1%), Germany (21.9%) and Croatia (21.8%).

In contrast, the countries with the smallest shares of daily smokers were Sweden (6.4%), Finland (9.9%), Luxembourg (10.5%), Portugal (11.5%) and Denmark (11.7%).

August 16, 2018 by

Adult Smokers More Apt To Use E-Cigarettes Than Non-Smokers

Researchers examined data collected from one-time surveys of 30,272 people aged 20 to 75 years about their smoking habits, e-cigarette use and respiratory symptoms that might indicate breathing diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Compared to people who never smoked, current smokers were 18 times more likely to use e-cigarettes, the study found. Ex-smokers were more than twice as likely as people who never smoked to use e-cigarettes.

June 27, 2018 by

Comparing Emissions from HnBs, E-Cigs and Cigarettes

A study by renowned anti-smoking expert Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos analyzes and compares carbonyl emissions from an HnB device, an e-cigarette and a regular cigarette. The products used in this study were PMI’s IQOS, both regular and menthol variants, the Nautilus Mini e-cigarette, a tank-type atomizer tested with a tobacco-flavoured liquid at 10 W and 14 W and a Marlboro Red cigarette. Aerosol and smoke were collected in impingers containing 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine [...]

April 16, 2018 by

Electronic cigarette use in Greece: an analysis of a representative population sample in Attica prefecture

The purpose was to assess prevalence and correlates of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use in Greece in 2017. A cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 4058 adults living in Attica prefecture (35% of the Greek adult population) was performed in May 2017 through telephone interviews. [...] Current smoking was reported by 32.6% of participants. Ever e-cigarette use was reported by 54.1% (51.4–56.8%) of current smokers, [...]