Only 17 per cent of Norwegians now smoke on a daily basis, Dagsavisen reports. In 1995 more than one million of us smoked. The number is now down to 684,000.
The reduction came markedly in 2004, with the introduction of the new Smoking Law (Røykeloven).
- This is very positive news. To reduce the use of tobacco takes time, but we still have a way to go, says division director Anne Hafstad of the Health Directorate.
The number of men who are smoking, is now only a third of what it was 30 years ago, while women now are at the top. In the age group 35 to 54 there are now more women than men who smoke.
At the same time there is an increase in the use of snuff, particularly among young people. In 2011, eight per cent of the population as a whole used snuff daily.