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%).