Fewer young Danes are lighting up

The number of youths under the age of 15 who smoke has halved over the past for years. "A fantastic development," the Danish Cancer Society says.

Fewer young Danes are lighting up
Photo: Jordan Cameron/Flickr
Smoking has fallen out of favour amongst young Danes, according to a report from the National Institute for Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed). 
The report states that the number of Danes under the age of 15 who smoke has been halved in the past four years, from around ten percent to just five percent. 
The Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse) called the news “a fantastic development”.
“Young people simply no longer think it is cool to smoke,” the society’s chairman, Frede Olesen, told Jyllands-Posten.
The health minister, Nick Hækkerup, also welcomed the development. 
“One cannot be anything but happy about that, whether you are the health minister, a regular citizen or a father like myself,” he told Jyllands-Posten. 
In related news, Hækkerup announced on Thursday that the Health Ministry will allot 27.5 million kroner to 27 different municipalities to fund programmes designed to help long-time smokers kick the habit. 
“We know that many of those who smoke the most would really like to put the cigarettes away. We would like to give them extra help,” he said in a press release. 

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Danish government to increase price of cigarettes

Denmark’s government says it should be more expensive to buy cigarettes in the Scandinavian country and has proposed raising the price of a packet to 50 kroner (6.70 euros).

Danish government to increase price of cigarettes
File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

The price hike from the current 40 kroner will take place in two stages, with a 5 krone increase in both 2020 and 2021, according to Danish media reports.

Several parties in the country’s parliament have expressed their desire to raise cigarette prices, but social and health minister Magnus Heunicke said he was concerned about the social impact of a steep increase.

“We can’t have different prices in Denmark. For young people, that is a lot of money, so we think this is the right level,” the minister said to the Danmark media.

The price raise is part of a wider range of proposals to be presented by the government aimed at reducing the number of young people who smoke. Other elements include neutral packaging and a ban on displaying cigarettes in stores.

Heunicke also called for stricter application of the law preventing cigarette sales to under 18s and harsher fines for illegal sales.

Opposition health spokesperson Sophie Løhde of the Liberal party said the increase proposed by the Social Democrat government did not go far enough.

“I’m very disappointed. The health minister seems to think he’s the tax minister and that revenues [from taxing tobacco sales, ed.] are more important than the goal of making young people and children smoke-free,” Løhde said.

The Liberals recently called for a price increase to 60 kroner per packet of cigarettes.

Løhde also said there may be enough support amongst other parties for a parliamentary majority to get behind a higher price increase, even without government support.

READ ALSO: A packet of cigarettes could soon cost 50 percent more in Denmark