Prevalence (%) of Daily Smoking and Snus in the Norwegian PopulationKnowledge•Action•Change (2018)
- No Fire, No Smoke: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction
Snus is fast replacing cigarettes as the way that Norwegians consume nicotine. As shown in this infographic, there has been a long-term decline in daily smoking from 21 percent in 2008. In 2017, for the first time, the proportion of the popula-tion using snus – 12 percent – exceeded that of those smoking cigarettes. At 11 percent, Norway now has one of the lowest levels of daily smoking in developed countries. The fall in smoking is even more dramatic amongst younger people. Among young people snus became more popular than smoking around 2009–10, with a decline in smoking to three percent.
It is likely that such a fall has not been witnessed anywhere else in countries where smoking has been common among women. But women have not given up using tobacco – snus use hovers from around 14 percent to 17 percent. The overall percentage of people using nicotine via either snus or smoking has remained about the same over time – it is the choice of products that has changed over the last ten years.
See also p. 45 of the report: No Fire, No Smoke: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 — Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (gsthr.org)