Table 2

Prevalence of current smokers and past smokers by sex and country in people attending the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS)-stage 2

CountryCurrent smokers %Past smokers %
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
Belgium40.5 (36.1–45.0)31.5 (27.9–35.3)18.7 (15.4–22.5)24.0 (20.7–27.5)
Denmark40.8 (32.9–49.0)41.6 (34.7–48.7)18.4 (12.6–25.5)12.4 (8.2–17.7)
Germany47.8 (44.7–50.9)39.7 (36.6–42.9)22.8 (20.2–25.5)22.5 (19.9–25.3)
Spain58.6 (55.3–61.7)44.3 (41.2–47.4)14.1 (12.0–16.5)14.5 (12.4–16.9)
France38.3 (35.3–41.3)32.0 (29.2–34.9)24.6 (22.1–27.4)24.1 (21.6–26.8)
Ireland44.2 (37.3–51.2)46.5 (39.5–53.7)18.4 (13.4–24.4)13.9 (9.4–19.4)
Italy42.8 (38.1–47.6)30.1 (25.8–34.6)20.0 (16.4–24.1)18.6 (15.0–22.5)
The Netherlands44.3 (40.4–48.2)39.1 (35.4–42.9)20.0 (17.0–23.3)23.1 (19.9–26.4)
UK28.3 (24.3–32.5)25.9 (22.5–29.5)24.6 (20.8–28.6)18.4 (15.5–21.6)
Iceland42.0 (36.1–48.1)38.3 (32.7–44.1)25.2 (20.2–30.8)20.3 (15.9–25.4)
Norway46.1 (41.6–50.7)43.3 (38.8–47.9)13.5 (10.6–16.8)17.2 (13.9–20.8)
Sweden26.2 (23.3–29.2)31.0 (28.1–34.1)23.6 (20.9–26.5)21.7 (19.1–24.5)
Switzerland41.2 (36.5–46.1)40.2 (35.5–45.1)19.2 (15.5–23.3)17.3 (13.8–21.3)
New Zealand21.8 (18.4–25.6)23.7 (20.4–27.4)24.3 (20.7–28.1)24.2 (20.9–27.9)
USA23.5 (18.1–29.7)17.8 (13.8–22.3)19.9 (14.9–25.8)21.7 (17.4–26.5)
Australia26.8 (22.0–32.0)22.3 (18.0–27.0)25.2 (20.6–30.4)27.7 (23.1–32.8)
  • Data are presented as prevalence rates (%) with 95% confidence interval in parentheses