Hardly any Norwegian teenagers smoke cigarettes any longer. After 20 years of tough restrictions against smoking, it seems today’s youngest generation never started in the first place.
New statistics from a health care survey in the central Norwegian county of Trøndelag showed that the number of daily smokers aged 13 to 19 has fallen 11 percent in the past 10 years, to just 0.4 percent of the entire local teenage population.
The so-called HUNT survey (Helseundersølelsen i Nord-Trøndelag) represents Norway’s largest collection of health care data, reported radio station P4, and considered a strong indication of trends nationwide. It charted developments from 2007 to 2017.
“The numbers indicate that policies including higher prices (boosted by high taxes on tobacco) and less accessibility, along with the law that prohibits smoking in public places, has to a large degree influenced norms and attitudes within the population,” research leader Steinar Krokstad tol P4.
State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) has reported that the share of daily smokers in the Norwegian population as a whole has fallen from 22 percent to 11 percent in the past 10 years.