Number of smokers in Italy 2019, by age and gender

In 2019, 1.24 million Italian men and 885 thousand women aged 45 to 54 years were smokers. This was the age group with the greatest number of smokers, even though the number of male smokers aged 35 to 44 years was almost as high as the number of smokers aged between 45 and 54 years. Overall, smoking was more common among males than females regardless of age.  

 Cigarette consumption

In 2019, 42.8 percent of Italian smokers declared to consume on average ten to 19 cigarettes per day . Between 2015 and 2019, the share of individuals smoking ten to 19 cigarettes per day decreased, while it increased the percentage of smokers stating to consume no more than nine cigarettes daily. During the same period, also the share of heavy smokers – people smoking more than 20 cigarettes per day – decreased.  


According to a survey conducted in 2017 by the European Commission, more than one third of Italian respondents declared that e-cigarettes were harmful to the health of those who used them. E-cigarettes were not very popular among Italians, given that 90 percent of respondents stated that they had never tried or used them.

Number of individuals who smoke in Italy in 2019, by age and gender

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