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Minister wants smoke-free Norway. Lighting up could be history if Norwegian Minister of Health Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen succeeds in her campaign. Smoking costs society up to 80 billion kroner per year, according to a new report from the Directorate of Health. Minister Strøm-Erichsen is worried that the number of people who quit smoking seems to be evening out. Figures from the Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reveal approximately 6,700 people die each year

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Minister wants smoke-free Norway

Published on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010 at 13:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Lighting up could be history if Norwegian Minister of Health Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen succeeds in her campaign.

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Smoking costs society up to 80 billion kroner per year, according to a new report from the Directorate of Health. Minister Strøm-Erichsen is worried that the number of people who quit smoking seems to be evening out.

Figures from the Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reveal approximately 6,700 people die each year

“The costs are considerable, and the statistics show starting smoking is serious. There is a lot to be saved and gained by reducing it,” she tells Dagbladet.

Between 10 and 12 percent of 15-year-olds smoke either daily or every week, rising to 30 percent amongst 16 to 74-year-olds.  

The minister believes Norway could be smoke-free if the government’s campaign is successful.

“It is possible if the numbers of young smokers continue to decline over time. However, the most important is to avoid disease, premature death, and major health problems,” she says.




Published on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010 at 13:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: anne-grete, stroem-erichsen, minister, health, smoking, disease, lung, cancer, public, directorate, government, norwegian.





  
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