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Smoking in Iceland

The overall smoking prevalence in Iceland has decreased since 2000. 13.8% of the adult population in Iceland are current smokers, down from 30% in 2000. This means there are now approximately 37,251 smokers in the country. 13.9% of men smoke (down from 33% in 2000) and for women the figure is 13.7% (down from 27% in 2000). The most recent data show there were 365 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (190 women and 175 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 16.35% (women: 17.4%; and men: 15.2%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Iceland and the current adult vaping prevalence of 4%. Vapes are regulated as both consumer and medicinal products in Iceland. Heated tobacco products cannot be marketed, and while Swedish snus is banned, Icelanders import a slightly different cut of what is officially known as nasal tobacco. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be marketed and it is available to buy in many general shops without a prescription. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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May 04, 2018 by

Vaping Linked to Decrease in Cigarette Smoking

A new study from Iceland’s Directorate of Health shows that smoking in Iceland is on the decline, with evidence that the use of e-cigarettes may be contributing to a decrease in the consumption of traditional cigarettes, RÚV reports. Although these are viewed as positive trends, some in the medical community fear that parliament’s proposal for new restrictions on e-cigarettes could negatively impact the trend away from traditional tobacco use.