Study: Smoking rate in Germany is increasing again
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DÜSSELDORF (dpa-AFX) – The proportion of smokers in Germany is increasing again. It is currently almost 31 percent for people over 14 years of age, as the representative long-term study “German survey on smoking behavior” (Debra) shows. At the end of 2019 – before Corona – the proportion of smokers in the population aged 14 and over was still around 27 percent.
“Whether corona stress or the general effects of the pandemic are playing a part is a bit speculative, but it can be,” says epidemiologist Daniel Kotz of the German press agency. He heads the addiction research focus at the University Clinic Düsseldorf at the Center for Health and Society. It is likely that more fresh ex-smokers will relapse in 2021.
On January 1st there will be a tobacco tax increase in Germany for the first time since 2015./gth/DP/stk
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