Most Danish homes smoke-free

More and more families banning the butts

Fewer and fewer people are lighting up at home (photo: Pakura) Fewer and fewer people are lighting up at home (photo: Pakura)
October 14th, 2015 2:55 pm| by Ray W
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Three out of four Danish homes are now completely smoke free.

According to a survey conducted by Gallup for the board of health Sundhedsstyrelsen, the cancer society Kræftens Bekæmpelse, the heart association Hjerteforeningen, and the lung association Danmarks Lungeforening, the numbers have been steadily rising.

Five years ago, 59 percent of homes were smoke-free, today that number has risen to 75 percent.


“This is an area were things have truly improved,” Niels Them Kjær, project manager at Kræftens Bekæmpelse told DR Nyheder.

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Even smokers not smoking at home
Smokers are also choosing not to light up at home. In 2010, 33 percent of smokers maintained a smoke-free home, that number rose to 47 percent in 2015.

Non-smoking advocates said that many are motivated by the fact that they are no longer allowed to smoke with friends and family, or at home because their spouse or children do not approve.

Smokeless homes are especially common in young families.

No smoking is the norm in 84 percent of homes, were the heads are aged 20-39. If there are children in the home, the number rises to nearly 90 percent.