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In 2017, 27.1% of the Swiss population aged 15 and over smoked. This percentage has fallen slightly from 1992 (30.1%). In 2017 more men (31.0%) than women (23.3%) smoked. 19.1% of the Swiss population smoke daily, 8.0% occasionally.   

This indicator is part of the Monitoring System Addiction and NCD (MonAM) of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

In Switzerland the consumption of tobacco is one of the main causes of numerous diseases, disability and early death. Tobacco consumption shows a very clear association with mortality from lung cancer and increases the risk of other cancer types (e.g. tongue or laryngeal cancer) of cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases. Tobacco related diseases do not only have an adverse effect on individual well-being, they also lead to considerable costs for society.

The indicator shows the distribution of tobacco consumption over time in the total population and in different population groups. It thus helps health programmes.


This indicator was calculated on the basis of data from the Swiss Health Survey.

It shows the percentage of the population aged 15 and over, living in a private household, that currently smokes. The pie chart shows the percentage of daily smokers/occasional smokers/non-smokers.

The indicator is based on the TABAC3 and DAYSMOKE indices from the Swiss Health Survey (SHS). The indicator TABAC3 is compiled from the question on current tobacco consumption (tobacco consumption: yes/no) and the question on previous tobacco consumption and shows the percentage of smokers (upper graphic). Daily smokers/occasional smokers/non-smokers (pie chart) are calculated on the basis of the DAYSMOKE index. The question on whether people smoke on a daily basis was introduced in 2007; percentages can be shown from this year onward in the second diagram.

An explanation of socio-demographic variables can be found in the document: Dimension description

Sources, references and further information

Sources: Federal Statistical Office (Swiss Health Survey)
- WHO (Tobacco fact sheet)
Further data and information on the topic of tobacco consumption can be found at old monitorings: Addiction monitoring in Switzerland (2011–2016) and Tobacco monitoring Switzerland (2001–2010).

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