Fewer Greeks Smoking But Health Experts Warn Still Much to Be Done

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The number of people quitting smoking in Greece in recent years is encouraging, particularly among younger Greeks. According to figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the number of smokers among 16 to 24 year olds fell 33.3 percent between 2009-2014, while the number of cigarettes consumed annually between 2007 to 2017 fell 57 percent.

The data was presented on Thursday by the Institute of Public Health, the American College of Greece, to mark World No Tobacco Day.

“Greeks have changed mentality. Greece is successfully moving ahead with a European response to the epidemic of smoking. The target is for a new generation without tobacco,” he said.