2010~2016 Current Smoking Rate of Population Over 19
Through the National Health Statistics of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this is looking at the result of smoking rate of population of 19 years and older by sex. While the smoking rate of men was higher than that of women, the smoking rate of men decreased during 2010 ~ 2016, but the smoking rate of women did not change significantly.
More specifically, as of 2010, the smoking rate for women was 6.1%. In 2011 the rate was recorded as 6.5% and it was increased by 1.3%p to 7.4% in 2012. Since then, smoking rates for women have declined to 5.7% in 2013 and 5.1% in 2014. After that, it increased again to 5.3% in 2015 and 6.1% in 2016, the same level as in 2010.
In the same period, the smoking rate of males decreased significantly. In 2010, 48.1% of males aged 19 years or older were smokers. Since then, the rates have steadily decreased to 43.3% and 41.4% in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In 2014, the smoking rate slightly increased to 42.3%. Then in 2015, the decline was relatively large, dropping to 38.3%. In 2016, four out of ten men aged 19 and over (39.4%) were surveyed as smokers.