Almost half of young people is smoking
Just over 30 percent of Belgians and Dutch smokes according a poll read this organized this week by the European Commission. This percentage is slightly higher than the European average (29 percent).
With an average of more than 15 cigarettes per day, the Belgians and Dutch also smoke more often than the average European (14 percent).
Particularly are the figures on tobacco use among young people between 15 and 24. About 45% of Belgian and 38% of Dutch youth is smoking regular. This is far above the European average of 35 percent.
It appears the Belgian and Dutch youth smokes more than in countries such as Bulgaria (42 percent), Greece (39 percent), Romania (37 percent) and Turkey (34 percent).
Only in Spain and Italy beats Belgium and Netherlands. In both countries, 48% of the stated 15 to 24-year olds smoke regularly. In the neighboring countries Germany and France about 28% respectively 32% of young people smokes.