Changes in smoking habits in selected European countries due to Covid-19 in 2020

During a survey in late March and early April of 2020 about 19 percent of respondents from Spain stated that they currently smoke more cigarettes than before the coronavirus outbreak. Among the five European countries in question the share of respondents that now smoke more was largest in Spain. About two percent behind Spain was the share of respondents from Italy. The share of respondents who smoke more in France and in the UK was less than half that of respondents in Spain.
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Share of people that smoke more cigarettes due to the coronavirus outbreak in selected European countries between March and April 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

March 25 to April 2, 2020**

Number of respondents


Supplementary notes

The source notes: 'Data has been weighted by age and gender to be Census representative in all markets.'

* Sum of respondents, breakdown as follows:

UK - 1,276 respondents
France - 1,044 respondents
Germany - 1,046 respondents
Italy - 1,109 respondents
Spain - 1,050 respondents

** All countries, specific fieldwork was done on the following days:

UK - March 25 to April 1, 2020
France - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Germany - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Italy - March 30 to April 1, 2020
Spain - March 30 to April 2, 2020

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