To this effect, the Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) is calling on parents to keep an eye on their children’s social media activity, as online platforms are making it easier for youths to buy tobacco products.
Decrease in smoking rates
Meanwhile, a recent THL report looking into cigarette use (which are still the predominant type of tobacco consumed in Finland), snus and e-cigarettes, from 2000 to 2019, indicated a reduction in the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and an increase in snus consumption.
The report also revealed that smoking has decreased among men since the 1960s and among women since the 2000s. In 2018, the proportion of daily smokers among 20–64-year-olds was 14%, with a reduction measured among all educational groups. Thankfully, smoking during pregnancy has also decreased, with 11% of pregnant women smoking in the first trimester of pregnancy in 2018.