FAST FIVE: Europe's Smoking Hotspots

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You will find more infographics at Statista As Statista's Anna Fleck details below, Bulgaria came out on top for the highest proportion of people maintaining the habit, with 28.7 percent of residents smoking daily, followed by Greece (23.6 percent), Latvia (22.1 percent), and Germany (21.9 percent).

While the average across Europe in 2019 (18.4 percent) was pretty similar to Eurostat's previous data release on the topic back in 2014 (19 percent), it appears that pre-pandemic most countries were seeing a general decline in smoking.

It remains to be seen how the pandemic will have impacted the exact share of daily smokers on a European-wide level.

In the UK at least, 2020 data suggested that the downward trend may have been exacerbated by the pandemic, as the BBC reports that more than one million people were believed to have given up smoking since the first wave.

Other media however have since reported a rise in smoking across different countries, due to boredom and stress.

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