Nearly 11 000 Icelanders use e-cigarettes daily, RÚV reports. Use of chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes has now outstripped traditional cigarettes among young Icelanders. Daily use of chewing tobacco has tripled among Icelandic men between 25 and 34.
Daily e-cigarette usage has increased significantly and is now around 5%, meaning around 10 700 Icelanders use e-cigarettes daily. Three years ago, the number was only around 1 700. The increase is greatest among people younger than 35. Around 9% of that group vape today, while the figure three years ago was so low it was hardly measurable. Individuals who both smoke and use e-cigarettes daily are more than twice as many as they were three years ago.
The data comes from a tobacco use survey carried out by Iceland’s Directorate of Health. The last survey was carried out in 2015, and results show a decrease in smoking since that year. Just under 9% of Icelandic adults smoke daily, whereas that figure was 14% in 2015. Results also show that those who with less formal education smoke more than those who hold a university degree.
Chewing tobacco use has increased in the last three years from 3% to 5%. The largest increase is seen among men between 25 and 34 years of age. Usage within that age group has gone from 7% to 22% – more than a threefold increase. Chewing tobacco consumption is significantly greater in the countryside than in the Reykjavík capital area.
Snuff tobacco usage has changed little in Iceland and is around 3%. Snuff is most popular among men between the ages of 45-54, 7% of whom consume it. Like chewing tobacco, it is more popular in the countryside than in the capital area.