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Cigarette smoking rate in South Korea 2009-2018 by age group

An average of 21.1 percent of all adults older than 19 years old in South Korea in 2018 were smokers. People aged 40 to 49 were the most likely to smoke, with almost 27 percent saying they smoked cigarettes.

Share of cigarette smokers in South Korea from 2009 to 2018, by age group

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Release date

February 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Number of respondents

about 10,000 respondents

Age group

19 years and older

Special properties

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

According to the source, smokers are defined as those who have smoked over 100 cigarettes during their lifetime and currently smoke a cigarette.

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