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In the WHO European Region, 16% of deaths in adults over 30 are tobacco related, exceeding the global average of 12% and dwarfing the rates of 3% and 7% in the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions, respectively. Regarding premature deaths, nearly 20% of deaths in the 30-44 age range and 33% of deaths in the 45-59 age range are tobacco related.

EURO has a remarkably high ratio of male to female tobacco-attributed deaths; five times more men are killed by tobacco than women. However, there is a much higher proportion of female smokers in this region compared with others. 22% of women smoke in Europe, compared with 3-5% in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In some countries, such as Sweden and Norway, more women smoke daily than men. In other countries, such as Croatia and Poland, more girls use tobacco than boys.

WHO Europe. 2015. Data and Statistics. [Online] [Accessed March 2015]. Available from: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/tobacco/data-and-statistics

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