The findings of the work carried out by the French Public Health (SPF) showed that after the unprecedented reduction (29.4 to 24 percent) seen between 2016 and 2019, smoking in France has stabilized, and currently around 12 million French Adults smoke daily.
According to the health agency, the stress associated with the COVID-19 health crisis could have had the effect of halting the decline in smoking prevalence, and could also explain the observed increases in some social sectors.
The study showed higher levels of smoking among people with lower educational levels, varying between 30.8 percent of those with no qualifications or less than high school, and 16.8 percent of those with higher levels of high school. is the percentage.
Similarly, the third population with the lowest income (33.6%) has a higher smoking prevalence; and is significantly higher among the unemployed (42.3%) than among employees (26.1%) or students (19.1%).
With regard to the use of electronic cigarettes, the survey indicated that 41.2 percent of adults tried them during 2022, but only 5.5 percent of those interviewed used them daily, a percentage that remained stable through 2021. Is.
Finally, 59.3 percent of daily smokers claimed to have quit, but only a quarter of them planned to do so in the next six months.
Official statistics show that smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in France with over 75,000 deaths, while cancer remains the leading cause of death due to smoking.
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