Fewer smokers in EU

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Survey results on Europeans and smoking, released to celebrate the World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2006, show sharp fall in the number of smokers in the EU since 2002.

A special Eurobarometer on Europeans' attitudes towards tobacco was published on 31 May 2006 to mark the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2006.

The survey seems encouraging for the EU's anti-smoking campaign For a Life without Tobacco (HELP), launched in March 2005, as the results show that the number of smokers has fallen by 6%, from 33% in 2002 to 27% in 2005 and that the number of people who have given up smoking has risen by 3%.

The results indicate also that 56% of the Europeans are in favour of smoking ban in restaurants, and 75% of people are aware that tobacco smoke (passive smoking) is dangerous for non-smokers.

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