Share of daily smokers in Spain in 2019, by autonomous community

According to the latest reports, the coastal Region of Valencia was the Spanish autonomous community that featured the highest consumption of tobacco, with a quarter of its population reported to be daily smokers in 2019. Most of the Spanish regions, however, registered a prevalence of tobacco use of over 20 percent with the exception of the communities of Melilla, Madrid and Galicia. Andalusia ranked, on the other hand, as the Spanish autonomous community with the highest number of smokers, totting up almost 1.6 million daily smokers in 2018.

The demographics of tobacco use in Spain

In Spain, an average of 24 percent of the population reported to smoke in 2018, with 22 percent of them being daily smokers. Former smokers accounted for a quarter of the population, whereas slightly over half of Spaniards represented the non-smoking community of the Mediterranean country. Over 8.6 million people were daily smokers in Spain as of 2018, of which approximately 3.8 million were women and about 4.9 million were men.

Smoking and cancer

It is very clear these days that there is a direct connection between smoking and cancer. Lung cancer was the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Spain with almost 30 thousand new cases in 2019, according to the most recent studies. The number of deaths as a result of lung cancer has maintained over 18 thousand cases in the last few years. Lung cancer deaths in men outnumbered by far the deaths in women, with over 17.2 thousand cases among the male population in comparison with 4.8 thousand cases among their female co-nationals in 2017. Also that year, deaths as a consequence of lung tumors were most common among the population aged 65 to 74.

Share of individuals who smoked on a daily basis in Spain in 2019, by autonomous community

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Release date

March 2020

Region

Spain

Survey time period

2019

Age group

15 years and older

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