According to a recent Gallup survey, 19.2% of Icelanders from the age of 15 – 89 smoke on a daily basis, reports Morgunbladid. Female smokers (19.2%) have increased since 2004 when 18.6% of Icelandic females smoked. The figure of male smokers decreased from 21.1% last year to 19.3% in 2005.
Smoking has decreased in the countryside with figures now similar as in Reykjavík. Last year, 22% of adults in the countryside smoked.
Morgunbladid reports that education makes a big difference in the ratio of smokers. 9.5% of Icelanders with a university degree smoke on a daily basis compared to the 22.5% of with no university education. Since 1989, Icelandic university educated smokers have decreased 43.8% while smokers with no university education decreased 32% during the same time period.