Who smokes the most?

Despite health risks: Every fourth person over 15 years smokes regularly!

  • Men (35%) smoke more often than women (22%).
  • Men start smoking earlier than women. So, on average, the men were 19 years old when they started smoking; the women, however, 20 years old.
    The proportion of smokers increases with age initially and reaches in the age group of 35- to under-40 with a smoking rate of 41%, the highest value.
    In the age groups over the age of 40, the proportion of smokers in the population then decreases in stages (for comparison: smoker proportion of 15- to 20-year-olds: 25%, smoker's share of 60- to 65-year-olds: 18%).

Married people smoke less often

  • Divorced people (44%) are far more likely to be smokers than married people (26%).

The unemployed are more likely to catch a cigarette

  • Jobless people smoke more often than workers.
    The proportion of smokers was 47% among the unemployed, 36% among the workforce and 17% among so-called inactive people, many of whom are older people.

Influence of graduation

  • Doctors and pharmacists and teachers smoke the least (18% each).
    Among the occupational groups with the highest proportion of smokers are bus, taxi and truck drivers as well as construction workers (52% each).
  • Of the regular cigarette smokers, 7% said they smoke less than 5 cigarettes a day, 74% quantified their consumption with between 5 and 20 and 19% with more than 20 cigarettes a day.

Berliners are the most grimsticks

  • There is more smoking in the northern states than in the southern ones.
    The smokers are highest in the city states Berlin (36%), Bremen (34%) and Hamburg (33%). This is followed by Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (32% each). The least smoked in Saxony (25%) and in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg (each 26%).
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