Smoking in Norway

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Enforcement of smoking bans is strong in Norway

Smoking in Norway is banned indoors in public buildings and aboard aircraft or other means of public transport.[1]

The legal age to buy tobacco is 18 years in Norway, but 10%-12% of 15-year-olds smoke daily or weekly, and 31% of adults smoke daily or occasionally. The overall proportion of smokers is decreasing.[2]

Sweden was the only European country to achieve the World Health Organization goal of less than 20% daily smoking prevalence among adults by year 2000.[3]

Approximately 17% of adult men and 4% of adult women use snus daily or occasionally

In Norway in 2008, approximately 17% of adult men used snus daily or occasionally, while 4% of adult women used snus daily or occasionally.[2] In secondary schools in 2000-2004, 21% of boys and 4% of girls used snus daily or occasionally.[2] Many people both smoke and use snus.[2]

The proportion of smokers is higher among immigrants to Norway than among ethnic Norwegians.[2] The highest proportion of smokers can be found among immigrants from Turkey, Iran, Vietnam and Pakistan.[2]


  1. ^ "Smoking restrictions". Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Smoking in Norway - fact sheet". Norwegian Institute of Public Health. 2010. Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Quit Smoking Swedish Style". 29 October 2003. Retrieved 13 August 2010.